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A man flying a jetpack was reported by pilots above Los Angeles

A man flying a jetpack was reported by pilots above Los Angeles”

An American Airlines pilot radioed the control tower at LAX to report that a man in a jet pack was flying off the left-hand side of their aircraft and at about the same altitude as the plane.

The FBI is investigating following the sighting from two pilots on separate flights near Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.

A Skywest pilot also reported seeing the mysterious man in the jet pack. When the air traffic controller asks whether the pilot said the person was on the right or left side of the plane, he responds: "Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude".

On Sunday afternoon, a pilot of an American Airlines plane told the LAX control tower that they had seen someone flying near the aircraft in a jet pack, as they attempted to land the plane at the airport, according to tapes obtained by Fox 11. The FBI and the FAA are probing the incident, the New York Times reports.

Seth Young, a pilot and a professor of aviation at Ohio State University, tells the Times that it clearly is very risky to fly close to commercial planes.

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Young says he doesn't doubt what the pilots saw because they typically have excellent vision and are trained to spot small objects in the sky.

Industry expert David Mayman was dubious that it was a jetpack spotted by the pilots.

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

Yet no one has come forward to say they were up in the skies that day flying a jetpack, and while we do live in an era where such stunts aren't out of the question, there's no denying that 3,000 feet is abnormally (and dangerously) high for someone to be whizzing around. They are extremely expensive, costing about $500,000.



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