Trevor Jacob Sentenced to Jail (and he’s probably lucky)

By Spyros Georgilidakis | December 5, 2023

Trevor Jacob received a six-month jail sentence, after lying to federal investigators, in the aftermath of his deliberate plane crash.

This appears to be the final chapter in this story, which started just over two years ago. On the 24th of November 2021, Trevor Jacob deliberately crashed his aircraft, a two-seat Taylorcraft. It now seems that he bought it specifically to perform this stunt.

Trevor Jacob Sentenced to Jail (and he’s probably lucky)
A Taylorcraft BL-65. Photo: Armchair Aviator’s, CC BY 2.0

We have covered this story before on this website, and in the MentourNOW channel (check out the video here or at the end of this article). The FAA pulled Jacob’s pilot certificate in April last year. But the FAA couldn’t sentence him – it could only keep him from flying.

Jacob admitted what he did to investigators, as we learned in May this year. That announcement was part of a plea agreement. And the text of this agreement suggested that Trevor Jacob was facing a jail sentence in a federal prison that would be between 18 and 24 months.

Trevor Jacob Sentenced to Jail (and he’s probably lucky)

That’s because Trevor Jacob’s defense agreed not to question the plea agreement if the jail sentence was up to 24 months. The prosecutors agreed to do the same if the plea agreement was no less than 18 months.

Trevor Jacob Jail Sentencing

So on Monday the 4th of December, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California announced the result. Trevor Jacob got a six-month jail sentence, so a year LESS than what the original plea agreement stipulated.

Photo: Cory W. Watts, CC BY-SA 2.0

A key point here is that Trevor Jacob isn’t going to jail because he deliberately crashed an aircraft. His conviction and sentencing are about obstruction of justice. He lied to investigators about what he did and recovered the crashed aircraft with the help of a friend who had a helicopter.

Jacob then destroyed and disposed of the remains of the aircraft in multiple locations. Afterward, late in December 2021, he published a YouTube video called “I crashed my plane”, showing the event thanks to a camera on a selfie stick, plus multiple cameras that he had rigged on the aircraft.

Photo: FlugKerl2, CC BY-SA 3.0

During the sentencing, prosecutors stated:

It appears that exercised exceptionally poor judgment in committing this offense. most likely committed this offense to generate social media and news coverage for himself and to obtain financial gain. Nevertheless, this type of ‘daredevil’ conduct cannot be tolerated.

Trevor Jacob stated that his jail sentence was the right decision, adding that “this experience has been so humbling.”



  • At least some barriers are still in place to keep influencers at bay.

  • Only six months? I recall an old saying that goes like this, “a liar is a liar until he is a thief, and he’s a thief until someone loses their life…”

  • So after 6 months of jail time he will be flying again? Or waiting FAA to punish him for that.

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      Spyros Georgilidakis

      The FAA took away his pilot certificate way earlier, in spring 2022. They likely won’t rush to let him back in the air.

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