A social media influencer may have taken things too far with clicks!
According to many reports, Trevor Jacob has found itself at the center of a federal investigation into suspicions of deliberately crashing a plane to gain attention and interest on social media. Before Olympic the skier posted a video on YouTube in December showed him flying over Los Padres . National Forest in California. However, you little boy Taylorcraft BL64 the plane suddenly started having engine problems at one point.
The footage immediately cuts to Jacob abandoning his plane with a parachute while the plane crashes somewhere in the distance. The internet personality then spent what he claimed were several hours hiking through the wilderness seeking help without phone or water service but he later found himself at site of the wreckage. Jacob said at one point during his travels:
“I’m exhausted. I’m so thirsty. I’m scared, I’m in trouble, I’m cut everywhere. The only option I have is to crawl through these bushes like I’ve been in the last five hours. And, I’m in pain, man. I’m in pain. Whatever I’m going through, I don’t wish for anything.”
Someone, whom the influencer identifies as a “farmer,” eventually chooses the influencer. The nearly 13-minute video has since garnered more than a million views. You can ch-ch-test it out (below):
However, the clip received some negative attention from the aviation community, who questioned whether the athlete staged the entire collision to get as many “clicks” and make the video spread or not. Youtuber Trent Palmer found that Jacob appeared to have unlatched the door before the engine started and was not looking for a safe place to land. Later, reviewing aerial footage of the area, he noted that Jacob suspected an emergency landing might have been attempted with a higher probability of success. Palmer expressed in his video:
“The beast of YouTube is fun and it clearly rewards those who get clicks and get views, so we’ll always be in the battle for people’s attention.” with our videos. This is just a path over the line. It pisses me off because when someone does something like this, goes out and seems to purposely crash a plane to get views, it just seems bad to all the content creators on a daily basis. Are not “.
Another content creator named Dan Millican, the organizer of the plane channel Take off, shared that aviation pilots in general often do not despite flying – especially skydiving. He explains that most small plane pilots don’t wear these because they can be too heavy and don’t have enough room inside for it.
After the backlash, Federal Aviation Administration confirmed this week to AVWeb they are investigating the situation. Although no other details were provided on the matter, Gizmodo shared that the investigation will determine whether “aircraft malfunctioned” or “wretched sabotage.”
We’ll have to wait and see what comes out of this investigation. But if it turns out that Jacob allegedly did it for good reason, then we have to admit that’s pretty cool.
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[Image via Trevor Jacob/YouTube]