FBI and local law enforcement officials in Los Angeles continue to hunt for a mysterious man in a jetpack. There’s new urgency to the matter after he was sighted for a second time approaching an incoming jet near LAX.
Man In Jetpack Spotted Again At LAX
Last month, I shared details and Air Traffic Control audio of an encounter that occurred near LAX. Two pilots, one from American Airlines and another from JetBlue, sited a man in a jetpack hovering at about 3,000 feet above the ground during final approach before landing. The man has, thus far, evaded authorities.
He was sighted again on Wednesday (October 14th), this time by a China Airlines crew also on final approach. This time, pilots spotted the man at 6,000 feet hovering above Century City.
FAA now confirms a Chinese Airlines crew reported what they say appeared to be a jetpack flying at 6,000ft ~7 miles NW of @flyLAXairport this afternoon. In September, pilots on two separate flights reported seeing what appeared to be a jetpack while similarly on approach to LAX
— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) October 14, 2020
(note, China Airlines is not a Chinese airline, unless you count Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, as the true China)
Here’s ATC audio:
#JetPack Audio of pilot of 777 from China to LAX as they spotted a man in a jetpack at 6000 ft. Radar tracking puts the plane around Culver City/Crenshaw area at that time. @FOXLA Audio Courtesy @liveatc pic.twitter.com/OQBBiN9uqa
— Kevin Takumi (@KevinTakumi) October 14, 2020
An air traffic controller also spotted the man in the jet pack and warned the China Airlines flight.
The flight was CI600 from Taipei to Los Angeles, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.
Sooner or later this guy will be identified. In the meantime, the search continues. With four confirmed sightings, I expect the man may be in some trouble…
image: Jetpack Aviation – not an actual picture of the man over LAX, but a rendering of what pilots may have seen from an LA-based jetpack company.