SNOWBOARDER, Trevor Jacob, is known for more than just his skills on ice.
In 2021, the Olympian-turned-influencer was criticized for intentionally crashing his plane for views and is reaping the consequences of his actions nearly two years later.
Who is YouTuber Trevor Jacob?
Trevor Daniel Jacob was born in West Hills, California, on August 6, 1993.
Apart from being a YouTuber, the 29-year-old is also known for his skills in extreme sports.
In 2014, Jacob represented the United States in snowboarding at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
According to his Team USA bio, the athlete is also an accomplished skateboarder, surfer, motocross rider, BMX biker, and snowmobiler.
What happened to Trevor Jacob?
To add to Jacob’s extreme hobbies, the YouTuber is also a former pilot and skydiver.
On November 24, 2021, the Olympian purposefully crashed his plane after departing from the Lompoc City Airport, in Santa Barbara County.
During his plea deal in May 2023, Jacob admitted he never intended to land the aircraft and instead, “planned to eject from his aircraft during the flight and video himself parachuting to the ground and his airplane as it descended and crashed,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California.
The stunt was allegedly conducted for the purpose of promoting a wallet and Jacob admitted in his plea agreement that he intended to make money through the YouTube video he eventually uploaded on December 23, 2021, titled, I Crashed My Airplane.
On May 12, 2023, it was revealed that Jacob will plead guilty to obstructing a federal investigation by cleaning up the site of the wreckage and destroying the evidence nearly two weeks after the staged crash.
According to the release: “Trevor Daniel Jacob, 29, of Lompoc, agreed to plead guilty to one count of destruction and concealment with the intent to obstruct a federal investigation, a crime that carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.”
Jacob’s pilot license was revoked by the FAA back in April 2022.
Despite the controversy, Jacob’s video has garnered over 2.9 million views to date.
What has Trevor Jacob said about the plane crash?
Jacob is expected to appear in court in the coming weeks.
His attorney, Keri Curtis Axel, told The Washington Post in a statement: “Trevor is taking full responsibility for his mistake in judgment; he hopes to move past it and to use his status as a world-class action sports athlete, entrepreneur, and influencer to be a source for good in society.”
Jacob has been inactive on Instagram since October 2022.
He has 135k followers on the social media app, as well as 138k subscribers on YouTube – which he joined back in 2008.