Guy in a Jetpack
“Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack,” the bewildered pilot told LA’s tower, noting they were at about 3,000 feet at the time of the sighting. “Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude.”
Two separate flight crews spotted the jetpack, as the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to local news station Fox 11.
“We just saw the guy passing us by in a jetpack,” the second pilot flying a Jet Blue airliner confirmed. “Only in LA.”
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Aviation safety expert Steve Cowell told Fox 11 that “it’s possible this person may have come up, come down, and then driven away,” as current jetpacks don’t allow for prolonged flight.
Security experts warned that in a worst case scenario, a jetpack-wearing person could easily be sucked into the jet engines. That means passengers could also be at risk, as such a collision would cause significant damage to the plane’s engines.
It’s still entirely unclear what’s behind the mystery. The FAA is now putting the investigation into the hands of the LA police department.
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