FBI investigates after alarmed pilot tells LAX tower: ‘We just passed a guy in a jet pack’


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FBI investigates after alarmed pilot tells LAX tower: ‘We just passed a guy in a jet pack’



The FBI has launched an investigation after an American Airlines pilot said he saw what appeared to be a man flying with a jet pack Sunday night near Los Angeles International Airport.

“Tower, American 1997. We just passed a guy in a jet pack,” the first American Airlines pilot states in a call to the control tower.

“American 1997, OK, thank you. Were they off to your left or right side?” the tower operator answers.

“Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude,” the pilot responds.

“We just saw the guy pass us by in the jet pack,” a second pilot from Jet Blue Airways then tells the tower, which warned another pilot about the sighting.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Tuesday that agents at LAX were investigating after the pilot reported the incident to the control tower.

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The Federal Aviation Administration also confirmed receiving the report. “Two airline flight crews reported seeing what appeared to be someonein a jet pack as they were on their final approach to LAX around 6:35 p.m. Sunday,” spokesman Ian Gregor told City News Service. “The FAA alerted local law enforcement to the reports and is looking into these reports.”

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Mindovermaster

Has the pilot been drinking? LOL

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49 minutes ago, Mindovermaster said:

Has the pilot been drinking? LOL

Multiple aircraft reported observing it/he/she, so...

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FloatingFatMan

Well, jet packs DO exist, such as the one from Gravity Industries, but I don't think they can go to airliner altitudes or speeds and they have very limited flight times...

 

 

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Jim K

Communication between ATC and the planes about the jetpack person.

 

 

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Jim K

He was at it again ....

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‘Someone In A Jet Pack’ Spotted By Pilots Above LAX; Second Such Incident In Two Months

 

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – For the second time in two months, a person flying in a jet pack was reportedly spotted Wednesday above Los Angeles International Airport.

 

Around 1:45 p.m., a China Airlines crew reported seeing “what appeared to be someone in a jet pack” at an altitude of roughly 6,000 feet about seven miles northwest of the airport, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

“We just saw a flying object like a flying suit that’s passing by us…” the pilot said.

 

Local law enforcement was notified and is investigating the report.

 

The FBI released this statement to CBSLA: “The FBI is in contact with the FAA and is investigating multiple reports of what, according to witnesses, appeared to be an individual in a jetpack near LAX, including one today reported by a China Airlines crew. Anyone with information should contact the FBI at 310 477-6565.”

 

Air traffic radio chatter described someone reporting “a flying object” in the area.

 

Last month, officials said a person flying in a jet pack was spotted by pilots just west of the 710 Freeway in the Cudahy and South Gate areas.

 

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