Tales of The Great Stupid: The FAA And The Crash Video

One of the really, really bad ideas that has taken toxic root in Woke World, which includes the Biden administration, is that penalties and punishments are mean, and that the consequences of deliberate wrongdoing should be minimal even when the miscreant isn’t “of color.”

This will not, as they say, turn out well.

Last November, Trevor Jacob, a former Olympic snowboarder turned Youtube entrepreneur, crashed his small propeller airplane into the mountains of California’s Los Padres National Forest after the propeller stopped spinning. The exact moment when his plane’s propeller seized was caught on camera, as was his jump out of the airplane with a parachute. He used a selfie stick to film his descent. Three weeks later, Jacob posted a YouTube video titled “I Crashed My Plane.” It got over 2 million views. The video features Jacob narrating his brave trek out of the forest and his eventual rescue. “I’m just so happy to be alive!” Jacob exclaims at one point.

A Federal Aviation Administration probe concluded that Jacob crashed the plane as a stunt, presumably to get profitable YouTube hits. The FAA determined that the amateur pilot bailed out without even attempting to restart the engine once the propeller stopped, nor did he call the airport to notify controllers of his problem. Investigators concluded that Jacob could have attempted to glide the plane to one of several areas where he could have landed it safely. The FAA also noted that Jacob had attached multiple cameras to the exterior of the plane before takeoff.

“On November 24, 2021, you demonstrated a lack of care, judgment, and responsibility by choosing to jump out of an aircraft solely so you could record the footage of the crash,” the FAA told Jacob in a letter.

And his punishment for this dangerous hoax? He received a one year suspension of his license. One year.

In a YouTube video posted last week, Jacob was far from contrite, saying, “I didn’t think that just posting a video of an adventure gone south would ruffle so many feathers.” Then he videoed himself mailing in his pilot’s license, wearing a shirt reading “ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PARACHUTE.”

Ah! So he’s not just an asshole, but an unapologetic asshole. By all means, show him mercy, FAA!

Planning an intentional plane crash, lying about it, and seeking to profit from the scam demands a permanent ban from the skies. However, personal responsibility is out of fashion in the Great Stupid.

Have you noticed?

15 thoughts on “Tales of The Great Stupid: The FAA And The Crash Video

  1. No discussion of any clean-up of the ecologically unsound, EVIL fuel, lubricants, and non-bio-degradable mined detritus viciously torn from Mother Gaia’s bosom?

    More to the point, no withering How Dare Yous from birkenstock shod, hempen homespun clad, patchouli-oil slathered, slobbering hordes of Tree Huggers, et al, who are selflessly tasked with speaking up for an irreparably scarred Blue Planet incapable of defending herself?

  2. I am beginning to believe that this behavior is similar to that of mothers who harm their children in order to gain attention for themselves. Being a victim who others can offer sympathy or accolades for overcoming a victimizing event gives the attention seeking moron value. You would think that the Smollett case would give people pause but apparently not.

    • Munchausen Syndrome is when someone tries to get attention and sympathy by falsifying, inducing, and/or exaggerating an illness. Munchausen by proxy is when someone tries to get attention and sympathy by falsifying, inducing, and/or exaggerating an illness in someone else under their care. It doesn’t have to be a child, it could be an elderly parent or a spouse. I don’t know if this situation is applicable, but it is indicative of a mental health crisis in our society. Impulse control seems to be being methodically stripped from the population. Without impulse control, adults behave like toddlers.

  3. Ridiculous and the act of a hotdogger with zero respect not only for his own life and property, but those of others. Aircraft aren’t cheap and they aren’t toys, and any pilot in his right mind who had his engine conk out would try to glide to a landing and save his investment as well as his own life. USMC Captain Jeff Kuss, Blue Angel 6, in all probablility sacrificed himself in 2016, when he made a mistake during takeoff, probably due to fatigue, and crashed, rather than attempt a recovery that might have risked a crash in a populated area. Once this idiot ditched his aircraft he knew it had to come down somewhere. What if somewhere had been a school or a hospital or just someone’s house? Complete disregard for everything pilots are supposed to think of, their mantra is always supposed to be “safety first.” And he draws a ONE year suspensing? Seriously?

  4. The parachute seems like a red flag right from the start that this was a planned stunt. I know many light aviation pilots, and I’m fairly certain none of them has ever worn a parachute while flying.

    What an idiot. I rarely have praise for anyone in a government job, but the FAA and NTSB investigators who study plane crashes know what they’re doing, and you’re not going to fool them with something this obvious.

    I wonder how this would have played out if the crash had caused a thousand-acre forest fire. California is understandably a bit touchy on that topic.

  5. I would have thought there would have been some fines for damage to the national forest. The minimum fine for cutting wood in a National Forest without a permit is $300. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle can be punished by $500 fine and 6 months in jail (yes, aircraft are exempt, but that is probably aircraft IN THE AIR, not crashing into the trees).

    • The US Forest Service may well take criminal action, based on the FAA’s report and their own investigation. I know several USFS Law Enforcement and Investigations folks, and they are very protective of their territories here in the Southeast. The “weak link,” in any potential prosecution is likely the US Attorney’s Office for that jurisdiction.

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