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FAA revokes YouTuber's pilot license, saying he deliberately crashed his plane

Engadget

On November 21st, Trevor Jacob's single-engine airplane fell out of the sky -- a harrowing experience that the YouTuber just so happened to catch on film and upload to social media. In January, aviation experts began investigating the incident (as they are wont to do in the event of most every aviation crash) and, on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration formally accused Jacob of staging the entire incident and intentionally crashing his 1940 Taylorcraft for online clout. At the time, Jacob, a former Olympic snowboarder, claimed that his plane had malfunctioned, forcing him to bail out and parachute to safely while the aircraft crashed into the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California. However, in a letter dated April 11th, the FAA informed him that he had operated his plane in a "careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another," a violation of aviation regulations. The FAA also revoked his pilot's license effective immediately.


The Morning After: CNN is shutting down

Engadget

CNN, the streaming service launched by the Cable News Network just three weeks ago, is shutting down on April 30th. The closure comes after reports that the high-profile project had reached just 10,000 daily users. It didn't help that WarnerMedia is merging with Discovery with the explicit aim of consolidating their streaming services into one cohesive whole. The service, which reportedly cost around $100 million to launch, will have survived for just 32 days, stealing Quibi's title for most notorious and swift closure. CNN said at-risk employees will receive 90 days salary and benefits and get opportunities to move elsewhere within the Warner Bros. Discovery empire.


Red Bull 'plane swap' stunt ends with crash in Arizona

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A skydiving "plane swap" stunt planned by Red Bull was unsuccessful Sunday night after one of the two planes involved spiraled out of control and crash-landed in Arizona. Both pilots were safe and no injures were reported. Red Bull said on its website that skydivers Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington would pilot their planes to 14,000 feet, then jump out mid-air at 140 miles per hour and attempt to switch planes as they dove towards the ground.


WATCH: Police Dashboard Camera Catches Florida Plane Crashing On Road

International Business Times

Dashboard camera footage on Sunday captured a small plane as it crashed on a local road in central Florida, according to reports. Plane pilot Marc Allen Benedict, 61, and his passenger Gregory Guinee, 55, stopped at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport to refuel but the plane began to experienced trouble after it took flight for the second time that day.


Harrison Ford could face punitive action in latest plane mishap

Los Angeles Times

Actor Harrison Ford could face punitive action after flying over a passenger jet and landing his single-engine plane on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport earlier this week, a "rare" type of incursion that could have proved disastrous, aviation experts said. Penalties could include a reprimand, retraining, suspension or loss of his pilot's license, experts said. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors launched an investigation after the "Star Wars" actor had the close call Monday afternoon while at the controls of a single-engine Aviat Husky. Instead of landing on the small runway he was cleared for, he flew over a 737 passenger jet with more than 100 passengers on board that was minutes from taking off and landed on a parallel taxiway at the Orange County airport. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the FAA, said landings on taxiways are so infrequent, the agency doesn't keep data on such incidents.