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Airline pilots report 'guy with jetpack' at 3,000ft

By T.K. Randall
September 1, 2020 · Comment icon 19 comments



Who is the mystery Rocketeer ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Ostersund Photography
Two pilots spotted the real-life Rocketeer while coming in to land at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.
A man flying a jetpack is just about the last thing any airline pilot would expect to see, especially while approaching the busy airpspace above a major international airport.

This was the sight that met the pilots of American Flight 1997 at the weekend, however, with both describing what they believed to be a "guy in a jetpack" 300 yards off their wing.

The sighting was particularly unusual because they were still 3,000ft in the air at the time and there are very few jetpacks actually capable of propelling someone at such an altitude.
The fact that the culprit was flying around above a major airport makes it even more bizarre.

Yves Rossy's experimental winged jetpack may be capable of such a feat, however his past flights have all been high-profile affairs carried out in remote areas.

So who could be flying around by themselves above Los Angeles International Airport ?

The search for answers continues.

Source: The Drive | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by psyche101 2 years ago
     
Comment icon #11 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 2 years ago
Well, about time. They've been promising me flying cars since I was a kid, this is close enough. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Malaria_Kidd 2 years ago
Somewhere in that cockpit there's a "I left my a camera at home story" or it did not happen!  MK
Comment icon #13 Posted by Golden Duck 2 years ago
You unlock it after completing the Doomsday Heist.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Matt221 2 years ago
The pilots first thought was He's flying and we're only driving
Comment icon #15 Posted by little_dreamer 2 years ago
It could be a harmless prank or it could be preview of a future criminal act against an airplane.  Government agents are checking this out since this was very illegal.
Comment icon #16 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
Comment icon #17 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
If indeed these airline pilots saw a person flying with a Jetpack especially near the wing, you would think even the passengers would of witnessed it or even cased a commotion to take notice. Either 1. They are making it up to get a few minutes of recognition or 2. They misidentified whatever object it could of been.  
Comment icon #18 Posted by Eldorado 1 year ago
Officials Disclose a ‘Working Theory’ About Jetpack Mystery Over Los Angeles The first pilot report of a person flying a jetpack high over Los Angeles was enough to start a federal investigation. The second caused a stir on airport channels, with an air traffic controller remarking, “Only in L.A.” Months after that, a controller warned, “The jetpack guy is back.” The authorities now say the jetpack guy may in fact be more of a balloon guy. “One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons,” Rick Breitenfeldt, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said on Wednesday. https://www... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rolltide 1 year ago
 


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