LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – For the second time in two months, a man flying in a jet package was spotted on Wednesday over the Los Angeles International Airport.
At around 1:45 p.m., a Chinese Airlines crew said they saw “what appears to be someone in a jet pack” at an altitude of about 6,000 feet about seven miles northwest of the airport, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.
“We just saw a flying object like a flying suit passing by us …” the pilot said.
Local law enforcement has been notified and is investigating the report.
The FBI issued a statement to CBSLA: “The FBI is in contact with the FAA and is investigating numerous reports of what witnesses say turned out to be a natural person in a jet pack near LAX, including one reported today by China Airlines crew. Anyone with information should contact the FBI at 31
The air traffic radio describes someone reporting a “flying object” in the area.
Last month, officials said a man flying in a jet pack was spotted by pilots just west of Highway 710 in the Kudahi and South Gate areas.
Some experts say the site may be a complex drone. David Mayman, CEO of Jetpack Aviation, said it was unlikely that these were people flying jets.
“How come no one saw them take off and land?” That’s what I don’t understand, “he said. “These machines are quite noisy.”
Mayman also said his company would never fly so high with backpacks without careful planning and safety protocols.
“We would never fly very high without a parachute system,” he said, adding, “At 6,000 feet, it will just take us too long. We’ll run out of fuel.”
Although Mayman said he suspected he might not have been a jet-flying man, he added that the industry was growing so fast that nothing could be ruled out.
Jose Moreno, a longtime United driver, said Moreno believed what the crew saw and wanted to remind people that the stunt was extremely dangerous.
“You can tell not only by speed but also by profile,” he said. “I’d say it’s a complete disregard for safety because he’s actually flying in an area where there are a lot of planes.”