It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, wait…it’s a man in a jetpack? A mysterious man is either very bold or very stupid after buzzing two jetliners on final approach at LAX in a jetpack.
Pilots See Man In Jetpack During Final Approach To LAX
During final approach on Sunday night, AA1997 from Philadelphia to Los Angeles reported a man in jetpack hovering only 300 yards away from their aircraft at about 3,000 feet.
“Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack.”
A SkyWest pilot also sighted the UFO.
You can listen to the Air Traffic Control audio here:
Jetpacks can travel 3,000 feet in the air (in fact, they can travel up to 6,000 feet). It is unlikely that two pilots were just dreaming. Perhaps it was a dummy affixed to a drone, but it sounds like something Sam Chui might do! 😉
On a very serious note, this sounds like some sort of prank or social media stunt. Who else would jeopardize their own life or the life of others without a sadistic death wish? Get too close to the A321 jet engine and whoosh…
It appears that no one is taking responsibility for investigating this. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) claims it turned over the file to the Los Angeles Airport Police Division (LAXPD) for investigation. But LAXPD says it received nothing from the FAA and was not aware of the controversy. Meanwhile, American Airlines will not comment, redirecting questions to the FAA. Perhaps your humble correspondent will have to set up his own sting operation…
I hope the guy had his fun and got it out of his system, but I’m sure it was an adrenaline rush like nothing else when AA1997 flew by so close. But while 300 yards is more than enough social distancing for people, it is not nearly enough distance for an engine on final approach. Dude, stay away from LAX.
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