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YouTuber Trevor Jacob’s pilot’s license revoked by FAA after filmed plane crash

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“I didn’t jump out of my plane for views,” Jacob told ABC News.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked YouTuber Trevor Jacob’s pilot’s license following a January crash that the FAA claims James caused “deliberately”.

In November 2021, Jacob flew over the Los Padres National Forest in California. Jacob posted a 12-minute video of the crash on his YouTube channel which has received more than 1.7 million views, according to the video’s YouTube page.

“You operated this flight to deliberately cause N29508 to crash,” the FAA said in a letter to Jacob dated April 11, 2022.

In the letter, the FAA said Jacob’s flight was “reckless or reckless so as to endanger the life or property of others” and said Jacob must surrender his private pilot’s license effective immediately.

“The FAA has made some startling observations,” Jacob told ABC News when asked about the letter on Thursday.

“I didn’t jump out of my plane for views,” Jacob told ABC News. “Some say my plane N29508 is still in perfect condition in an airport hangar.”

According to the letter sent by the FAA in early April, Jacob strapped multiple cameras inside and outside the plane and carried a sports parachute in a backpack during the flight. The FAA says Jacob opened the side door of the plane claiming the engine had failed.

The FAA notes that Jacob made no attempt to restart the engine, contact air traffic controllers about the problem, or search for areas to land safely. The FAA said Jacob then jumped out of the plane “while holding a camera attached to a selfie stick.”

In the YouTube video, Jacob says, “That’s why I always fly with a parachute.”

Also in the video, Jacob goes to the wreckage of the plane and retrieves the cameras that were attached to the plane.

The FAA said if Jacob did not surrender his pilot’s license, he would be subject to a fine of $1,644 per day until it was surrendered. The FAA will also not accept a future license application from Jacob for one year.

ABC News’ Sam Sweeney contributed to this report.

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