Man in jetpack spotted above LA airport, second sighting in two months

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2020

Angeles, cited in the American press.

A China Airlines flight crew spotted what appeared to be a person flying a jet pack 6,000 feet above the ground near LAX Wednesday, less than two months after two separate airline crews reported seeing a jet pack in the Cudahy and South Gate areas.

The crew on a China Airlines Ltd. jet arriving in Los Angeles saw the flying object at about 1:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in an emailed statement.

LAX Tower: "006 heavy, roger, thank you".

On August 29, American Airlines Flight 1997 reported what the pilot described as "a guy in a jetpack" only 300 yards (274.3 m) out the plane's left windows - while it soared over the busy airspace at roughly 3,000 ft (914 m). "Were they off to your left or right side?" the tower operator asked. While local and federal investigators continue to look into the unusual cases, none have yet unraveled the mystery or identified those behind the stunts.

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"Tower, American 1997. We just passed a guy in a jet pack", the pilot said on the August radio transmission.

Jet packs are pretty cool. David Mayman, CEO of the L.A. -based JetPack Aviation, told CBS News a real jet pack uses a lot of fuel and is typically noisy. "People would have heard it take off and land".

We are aware that the person could be a woman, but we're going with "man" here for the sake of continuity, especially because the first pilot to spot him, described him as a "guy in a jetpack".

The sightings at such high altitudes are surprising, given that most jetpacks are not equipped to fly for more than a few minutes or to go very high. No parachutes were sighted in the two incidents in Los Angeles.

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