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China Airlines crew discovered a person in a jetpack flying 6,000 feet near LAX


According to the Federal Aviation Authority, a China Airlines crew member reported seeing someone fly in a jetpack at an altitude of 6,000 feet near LA International Airport.

The crew member spotted the person around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday about seven miles northwest of the Los Angeles airport, the FAA said.

An air traffic controller who oversaw the airline's approaches also reported seeing a person in a jetpack at approximately 6,500 feet and warned a commercial pilot who was about to land at the airport.

The FAA, FBI, and LAX officers are all investigating the sightings. This is the second time in a little over a month that a suspect has been spotted in a jetpack while crossing the airport flight path.

A China Airlines crew member reported seeing someone fly in a jetpack at 6,000 feet near LA International Airport (above), according to the Federal Aviation Authority

The sightings were reported on LAX radio, which was obtained from ABC 7.

"Flying object – was it a UAV or was it a jetpack?" A voice can be heard in the audio.

"215 difficult, there was a jetpack reported about 13 miles ahead of us."

The flight crew then says the person flew over the Century City area at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet.

The FAA brought the sighting to the attention of local law enforcement officials on Wednesday, and both the aviation authority and LAX officials are currently investigating the incident.

Sources told the LA Times that the FBI has also opened an investigation into the incident in one of America's busiest airspaces.

This is the second reported sighting of a person in a jetpack who has flown near the California airport in the past six weeks.

As early as August 29, two professional pilots on separate flights with American Airlines and Jet Blue Airlines reported sightings to the watchtower on the ground around 6.45 p.m.

The crew member spotted the person around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday about seven miles northwest of the airport, the FAA said

The crew member spotted the person around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday about seven miles northwest of the airport, the FAA said

The American Airlines pilot alerted the LAX control tower that the plane had just passed a "man in a jetpack" just 300 meters to the left of the plane and at the same altitude as the plane when it finally approached landing.

"Tower, American 1997. We just passed a man in a jetpack," said the pilot on the call, tapes of the communications show.

& # 39; American 1997, OK, thank you. Were they to your left or right? & # 39; asked the tower operator.

The pilot replied, "On the left, maybe 300 meters or so, above our altitude."

The pictured David Mayman from Jetpack Aviation in LA is flying his Jetpack in England in 2018

The pictured David Mayman from Jetpack Aviation in LA is flying his Jetpack in England in 2018

Shortly afterwards, the Jet Blue pilot also said to the tower: "We just saw the guy in the jetpack walk past us."

The control tower then warned another Jet Blue aircraft of the person.

"One person in a jetpack reported 300 meters south of the LA finals at about 3,000 feet, 10 mile finals," the air traffic controller said.

"JetBlue23, we heard and we're definitely looking," replied the pilot.

"Only in LA," the controller added at one point.

The FBI opened an investigation into the mysterious sighting, but no explanation has yet been given.

If the sightings are what they seem, the person flying through the flight path could face a heavy fine.

The FAA regards jetpacks as "ultra-light" aircraft, which means they are prohibited from flying "over a congested area of ​​a city or settlement or over an open-air gathering" such as LAX airspace.

A violation of this rule can result in a fine of up to $ 27,500.

Some experts were skeptical of the August sightings, claiming jet pack technology was not advanced enough.

David Mayman, CEO of Jetpack Aviation, which is working with the U.S. military to develop a jetpack, told CBS at the time when he believed it was more of a large drone.

"It's very, very unlikely with the technology in place," Mayman said.

“I am open to surprises. But I don't think anyone is working on technology that could make a flight from the ground to 3,000 feet and then come back down.

“They would run out of fuel, they are using up fuel too quickly. If it's a real jetpack, it's loud. People would have heard it take off and land. & # 39;

He said that if the pilots had seen a jetpack, it would be likely that "whoever flew this probably built it themselves" since jetpacks made by companies like him are not available to commercial customers.

Jetpack Aviation is based in LA, but Mayman denied it could be one of their planes.

In February, a jetpack pilot set a record when he reached an altitude of 5,905 feet in Dubai.

The FBI and LAX officers are both investigating the sightings. This is the second incident of a person in a jetpack crossing onto the airport flight path in just over a month

The FBI and LAX officers are both investigating the sightings. This is the second incident of a person in a jetpack crossing onto the airport flight path in just over a month

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