San Francisco Chronicle

FBI looks into ‘jetpack guy’


The FBI is investigat­ing what one commercial airline pilot said might have been an airborne person with a jetpack, high in the busy skies near Los Angeles Internatio­nal Airport.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Boeing 747 pilot radioed to report “a possible jetpack man in sight” Wednesday evening, according to a recording from the website LiveATC.

The pilot spotted an object that might have resembled a jetpack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude, a Federal Aviation Administra­tion spokespers­on said. “Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controller­s alerted other pilots in the vicinity.”

“Use caution, the jetpack guy is back,” said one air traffic alert.

The FBI is working with the FAA to investigat­e the report.

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