Little did a YouTube content creator in the US know that deliberately crashing his plane to make money could cost him dearly.
In the details, a YouTube content creator, who also works as a pilot, faces up to 20 years in prison, after he voluntarily caused his plane to crash after escaping from it during a flight, then posted a video clip of the incident on the Internet, according to what the US authorities announced, Thursday.
In the clip, which has been viewed nearly 3 million times and is titled “My Plane Crashed,” the YouTuber depicts himself during the flight over California in November 2021.
While Trevor Jacob appears in the video as if he was facing a technical problem during the flight, before he threw himself out of the plane with a selfie stick in his hand, then parachuted into nature, according to AFP.
In a majestic scene captured by cameras placed in the plane, the video shows the plane crashing in the Los Padres National Forest.
Jacob is also shown in the clip making his way through the woods and traversing hills in what appears to be a struggle to return to the urban world. In the clip, he says he is thirsty and lost in the woods.
However, weeks later, federal agencies launched an investigation to uncover the circumstances of the incident. Trevor Jacob was ordered to keep the wreckage of his plane.
The YouTuber said he did not know where the plane crashed, but judicial documents showed that he and his friend removed the wreckage from the forest with the help of a raft, two weeks after the incident.
Then Jacob cut the plane into small pieces and threw them in the trash.
In addition, he admitted that he wanted to hinder the progress of the investigation by disposing of the debris, and that he made the video to earn money in partnership with a company.
He also admitted that he lied to investigators by reporting a report that the plane had a technical problem, according to a statement from the Ministry of Justice. He also pleaded guilty to one count of destroying or concealing evidence with the intent to obstruct a federal investigation, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Source: Al Arabiya Net