According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jacobs planned to film himself intentionally ejecting from his plane and parachuting to the ground during a solo flight on November 24, 2021, reportedly destined for Mammoth Lakes, California. Was. Several video cameras were installed on their plane before takeoff, with a selfie-stick-mounted camera captured by Jacobs after he exited, capturing the plane’s landing and subsequent crash in the Los Padres National Forest near Santa Maria. were used to record.
Jacob told investigators that he was unaware of the location of the wreckage shortly before uploading footage of the crash to YouTube
After notifying the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on November 26, Jacobs agreed to provide NTSB investigators both the coordinates of the downed aircraft and video of the wreckage. Jacobs later claimed that he was unaware of the crash location, despite collecting debris via helicopter on December 10 and disposing of it in trash bins around the Lompoc Airport. A video titled “I Crashed My Airplane” featuring footage documenting the crash and Jacob’s parachute descent was later released on his YouTube channel on December 23, 2021 as part of a sponsorship deal promoting a company wallet. Was uploaded.
During the investigation, prosecutors said that Jacob “likely committed this crime to generate social media and news coverage for himself and to obtain financial gain” and stressed that “this type of ‘courageous’ conduct cannot be tolerated.” Could.” Finally, if you’re going to lie about doing something dangerous and illegal, maybe don’t record yourself doing it and then publish it publicly for monetary gain.