Another jetpack sighted above Los Angeles [Video]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • A second mystery aviator was reportedly sighted flying over Los Angeles early afternoon on Wednesday.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration said the unidentified man in the jetpack was seen by a China Airlines crew flying over an altitude of about 6,000 feet, 7 miles northwest of the airport.
  • In August, two airline pilots previously spotted a man in a jetpack flying near the Los Angeles International Airport at an altitude of 3,000 feet.



For the second time in two months, an unidentified person in a jetpack was reportedly flying solo over Los Angeles.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the latest sighting was spotted by a China Airlines crew about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, this time, at an altitude of roughly 6,000 feet where the flyer was seen about seven miles northwest of the airport.

Federal officials are reportedly looking into investigating the report.

On August 30, two airline pilots of different flights spotted a man in a jetpack at an altitude of 3,000 feet near the airport.

An American Airlines pilot called the control tower saying, “Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack,” according to an audio log.

“Only in L.A.,” an unnamed person responded shortly after the exchange.

Last month, an inquiry on alleged violations was launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation who said such events seriously threaten US airspace. Based on a map from the agency, investigators suspect the flight path was between two cities in southeastern Los Angeles County.

According to a spokeswoman for the FBI Wednesday, agents are still investigating the August sighting.

NBC Los Angeles reported that, citing the FAA, commercial jetpacks that can reach several thousand feet are available for purchase although they are not equipped to fly more than a few minutes.

JetPack Aviation, a company based in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, invented a 115-pound jetpack that can climb up to 15,000 feet in altitude with a speed of over 120 mph which are powered by 6 jet engines. The price of the pack, which operates for 10 minutes, is only available upon request.

The company did not immediately respond to a message on Wednesday regarding the latest encounter.

 

Source: NBC News

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