A video posted by former Olympic snowboarder Trevor Jacob has been a center of controversy on the internet since it was posted last week.
The video shows Jacob, who competed at the 2014 Sochi games, taking off from Lompoc Airport, CA on November 24th to spread the ashes of friend Johnny Strange at Mammoth Mountain.
Jacob shows the ashes on camera and then drops a little ad placement for the video’s sponsor. He then takes off in a 1940 Taylorcraft fitted with GoPros on the wings and the tail.
Jacob apparently loses power at some point during the flight, and decides to jump out of the plane and parachute to the ground below. The plane crashes in the mountains, and the entire thing is caught on camera. Jacob eventually reaches the plane, but is then forced to hike out to a road miles away where he’s eventually rescued by some farmers passing by.
Jacob definitely crashed a plane in the mountains of California, but people are questioning whether the plane actually failed, or if Jacob set up the crash as a stunt for views online. An article by AVWeb claims that the FAA is now investing the crash.
Comments on the video have been turned off as people were absolutely roasting Jacob for the stunt.
What do you think? Did Jacob set up this stunt for views, or did he actually manage to capture an accidental plane crash and survive?