Air­line crews re­port jet­pack flier near LAX

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports from air­line pi­lots that some­one was fly­ing in a jet­pack as they ap­proached Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port to land last week­end.

“Two air­line flight crews re­ported see­ing what ap­peared to be some­one in a jet­pack as they were on their fi­nal ap­proaches to LAX around 6:35 p.m. PDT Sun­day,” the FAA said.

The state­ment did not elab­o­rate.

Fox 11 Los An­ge­les ob­tained record­ings of com­mu­ni­ca­tions between the air­craft and the tower.

“Tower, Amer­i­can 1997, we just passed a guy in a jet­pack,” a pi­lot said. An­other pi­lot also re­ported a sight­ing. “We just saw the guy pass by us in the jet­pack,” he said.

The con­troller then ad­vised an­other air­craft flight crew to use cau­tion.

“Per­son in a jet­pack re­ported 300 yards south of the LA fi­nal at about 3,000 feet, 10mile fi­nal,” the con­troller said.

In­dus­try ex­pert David May­man was du­bi­ous that it was a jet­pack seen by the pi­lots.

“It’s very, very un­likely with the ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy,” said May­man. “I’m open to be­ing sur­prised. But I don’t think there’s any­one work­ing on tech­nol­ogy that could do a flight from ground level to 3,000 feet and then come back down again.”

May­man spec­u­lated that it could have been a drone, but he added that 3,000 feet was on the high end of what most drones were ca­pa­ble of.

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