Olympic Snowboarder Banned from Flying After Plane Crash Stunt in California Mountains

The viral video of former Sochi Olympic snowboarder Trevor Jacob crashing into the California mountains was heavily criticized after many pilots pointed out some irregularities in his actions. The Federal Aviation Administration seems to agree with those pilots, placing a ban on Jacob flying his personal aircraft.

The video shows Jacob taking off in a 1940 Taylorcraft light, single engined aircraft from Lompoc Airport in California to spread the ashes of his friend Johnny Strange over the Mammoth Mountains. In the middle of the flight, Jacob loses power in the aircraft, forcing him to jump out and watch as the GoPro films the plane crashing into the mountains.

Following the crash, Jacob was able to locate the wreckage before hiking out and beging saved by nearby farmers.

According to a statement from the FAA obtained by the NY Times, Jacob’s pilot license was revoked after he flew the aircraft in a “careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.”

“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,” read the FAA statement. “Your egregious and intentional actions on these dates indicate that you presently lack the degree of care, judgment, and responsibility required of a certificate holder.”

The video, dubbed “I Crashed My Plane” has gained 2.4 million views and helped Jacobs rise is popularity. Now, he’s going to have to continue his antics without a pilot’s license. Watch the video:

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