Remember a month or two ago when I posted about the guy in a jet pack spotted by jet airline pilots? Much discussion was had in the comments about the absurdity of this news story. Looks like the mystery rock ranger is back.
Another bizarre jetpack incident outside Los Angeles International Airport has left eyewitnesses and authorities scratching their heads. Recall that an initial mysterious incident over a month ago made headlines after a man soaring through the air via jetpack was seen an alarming mere 300 yards away from an American Airlines flight.
While the FBI is still investigating that first sighting, another incident occurred Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed. This new spotting occurred at about 1:45pm Wednesday, with “someone in a jet pack” was seen flying near a China Airlines flight at about 6,000 feet altitude, and seven miles northwest of LAX.
The flight crew alerted the tower to the new sighting, which once again has spurred speculation over if it’s the same individual, or perhaps a copycat.
An official FAA statement confirmed that “A China Airlines crew reported seeing what appeared to be someone in a jet pack at an approximate altitude of 6,000 feet, about seven miles northwest of Los Angeles International Airport.” Needless to say that’s an incredibly high altitude for what remains largely an experimental technology.
“The FAA alerted local law enforcement and will look into the report,” it added.
ABC News was quick to air audio of the urgent air traffic control call on Wednesday: “Flying object? Was it a UAV or or was it a jet pack?” someone is heard saying on the call. Air traffic control can also be heard notifying a nearby aircraft:
“There was a jet pack reported about seven miles west of you. There’s no way you can go and check that out can you?”
JETPACK FLIER STRIKES AGAIN: The FBI is investigating after a person in a jetpack was spotted for the second time flying over Los Angeles International Airport. ABC News’ Andrea Fujii has the story. pic.twitter.com/YshxVmXoS8— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) October 15, 2020