'Guy in a Jetpack' Was Seen Flying Next to Planes Landing in LAX

The planes were at 3,000 feet when the pilots reported the flying person.
Fabienne Lang

Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...a guy in a jetpack! 

There's been a slight variation to the traditional Superman quote after pilots landing into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reported having seen a "guy in a jetpack" flying alongside them at 3,000 feet (914 meters) in the air as they were landing.

The story was first caught and reported by Fox 11.


Three pilots' report

You've undoubtedly seen and heard a lot of strange things this year, and now you can add a guy flying next to planes in the sky to the list. 

An air traffic control audio clip of the incident has been shared online through Fox 11. In it, you clearly hear the discussion between the different airline pilots and LAX's air traffic control tower. 

American Airlines (AA) flight 1997 was the first to see the spectacular sight: "Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack."

Turns out the guy in a jetpack was roughly 300 yards (274 meters) to the left side of the AA plane at "about our altitude," which was 3,000 feet (914 meters) up in the air. 

Imagine seeing a person flying next to you as you look out the window of the plane? What a weird sight that would be. 

Next up came a Skywest pilot who told air traffic control "We just saw the guy passing by us in the jetpack," confirming the AA pilot's vision. 

An entertaining other pilot came on to the line to blurt out "Only in LA." You can practically hear him rolling his eyeballs.

Given just how busy the airspace above LAX tends to be, this feat is incredibly dangerous. Having an unidentified and undeclared person flying in a jetpack, or even a drone, hovering and buzzing around numerous passenger airplanes high up in the skies could seriously put a high number of people's lives at risk. 

Even though it would be a technologically interesting feat to see someone flying a jetpack at those altitudes, it's seriously crazy to do so in a busy airplane landing corridor. 

Confirmation of someone flying a jetpack in the area has yet to be received.

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