TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A crew member of Taiwan's China Airlines has reported sighting an individual flying in a jetpack above Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at an altitude of 1,828 meters.
According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a flight crew of a China Airlines Boeing 777 reported seeing an unidentified man in the flight path 11 kilometers northwest of LAX at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 14). An air traffic controller at the airport also confirmed spotting a man wearing a jet pack around the same time.
The FAA said local law enforcement agencies and the FBI have launched investigations into the incident, but they remained skeptical about the sightings. It said this was the second such incident reported near LAX in the last six weeks, according to UDN.
On Aug. 29, three American pilots contacted the LAX control tower regarding an individual flying with a jet pack above the airport, coming as close as 275 meters to one of the airplanes. The FBI has sought the public's help to identify the individual but has so far received no success, reported Los Angeles Times.
The FBI is looking into the September reports but investigators remain skeptical what was seen was actually a jetpack. Still anything flying high and near planes about to land is concerning. Our @CBSThisMorning report on the September sightings: https://t.co/EE7J3OCxm6— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) October 14, 2020