FAA Confirms Another Individual in Jetpack Seen Near LAX

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For the second time in two months a jet pack has been seen flying over Los Angeles.

The FAA confirmed on Wednesday, a China Airlines pilot, flying at an altitude of 6000 ft., spotted the individual flying a jet pack, around seven miles northwest of the airport about 1:45 p.m.

An air traffic controller overseeing airline approaches also reported seeing a person in a jet pack and warned a commercial pilot who was just about to land at LAX.

The FBI, FAA and LAX officials are all investigating the reports. On Aug. 30, an American Airlines pilot reported via radio to the control tower seeing a “guy in a jetpack” as he was approaching LAX at about 3,000 feet and ten miles out for a landing crossing into the airport’s flight path.

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In a Tweet from FBI Los Angeles @FBILosAngeles they said…
The FBI continues to investigate reports of a #jetpack near #LAX on 8/30. Anyone with info about activity on or above the ground at the location depicted here should call the FBI. The FBI takes seriously events that threaten US airspace & investigates alleged violations #SafeSkies

A jet pack, rocket belt, or rocket pack is a device worn on the back which uses jets of gas or liquid to propel the wearer through the air. The concept has been present in science fiction for almost a century and became widespread in the 1960s.

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Real jet packs have been developed using a variety of mechanisms, but their uses are much more limited than their fictional counterparts because of the challenges of the Earth’s atmosphere, gravity, the low energy density of utilisable fuels, and the human body not being suited to flight, and they are principally used for stunts. A practical use for the jet pack has been in extra-vehicular activities for astronauts because of the apparent weightlessness and lack of friction-creating atmosphere in orbit. The term jet suit is used for a system incorporating a jet pack and associated jets attached to the arms to increase maneuverability.