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California Pilot Pleads Guilty To Obstructing a Federal Investigation After Intentionally Crashing Airplane

On June 30, 2023, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, pilot Trevor Daniel Jacob pleaded guilty to obstructing a Federal investigation. The court accepted Jacob's guilty plea and set sentencing for September 11, 2023.
 
In May 2023, Jacob was charged via an information which stated that Jacob knowingly altered, destroyed, mutilated, concealed, and covered up a Taylorcraft BL-65 aircraft with the intent to obstruct National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA investigations after intentionally crashing the airplane on November 24, 2021.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from FAA and NTSB.