Pilots report "guy in a jet pack" at 3K feet above LAX (1 Viewer)

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Two separate cabin crews reported seeing a “guy in a jet pack” flying near their planes over the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

On Sunday afternoon, a pilot of an American Airlines plane told the LAX control tower that they had seen someone flying near the aircraft in a jet pack, as they attempted to land the plane at the airport, according to tapes obtained by Fox 11. After receiving the report from the American Airlines cabin crew, the control tower warned other pilots to look out for the person when approaching the airport.

The American Airlines pilot claimed that the jet pack was flying at the same height of the plane, at around 3000ft, which was later confirmed by a pilot from a JetBlue flight, who also reported the incident.


The pilot of the American Airlines flight was recorded saying: “We just passed a guy in a jet pack,” as the JetBlue pilot said they saw a “guy passing by them in a jet pack.”



 

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I wouldn't be at 3000 feet unless I had absolute faith in my fuel gauge. I remember the days of shaking my motorcycle to see how much gas it had, or riding down the road and hearing the engine sputter. I go to reach down and flip the lever to reserve and....oops! Forgot to switch back to main the last time I did it and now I've been running on reserve :covri:

Might not be no damn reserve in that jetpack and the consequences are much more dire than pushing a motorcycle to the nearest gas station :hihi:
I believe the jet pack (one man jet plane), wear parachutes. 😂
 

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This is Frank Zapata working/demonstrating his invention to the ex-U.S Military. It is good up to 9,000 feet.

I do not think it would have been him, but rather someone else that has stolen the technology. It so, it could be a warning to the U.S. Just something else to have to worry about, especially when flying. In the midst of this pandemic and the airline industry struggles, I cannot imagine what would happen if someone with malicious intent would pull off something so dramatic and with terrorist intent. It would be really crippling. And it were not for the pandemic, election politics and all of the social problems we are having, this would be a top news story. Pretty scary stuff.
 

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I cannot imagine what would happen if someone with malicious intent would pull off something so dramatic and with terrorist intent. It would be really crippling.
Like what, though? I’m confused. What would a terrorist with a jet pack be able to do to a passenger jet in flight that he could not do with a small airplane or a helicopter or by just staying on the ground for that matter?
 
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Like what, though? I’m confused. What would a terrorist with a jet pack be able to do to a passenger jet in flight that he could not do with a small airplane or a helicopter or by just staying on the ground for that matter?
I think the idea is that he was there undetected except by pilot visual, so if terrorists get jet packs and get really good at flying said jet packs, they could make suicide jet pack attacks to bring down airliners.
 

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I think the idea is that he was there undetected except by pilot visual, so if terrorists get jet packs and get really good at flying said jet packs, they could make suicide jet pack attacks to bring down airliners.
Mmmkaay.
 

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Like what, though? I’m confused. What would a terrorist with a jet pack be able to do to a passenger jet in flight that he could not do with a small airplane or a helicopter or by just staying on the ground for that matter?
 
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Yeah, seems like a waste of jet pack talent. Someone that accomplished at jet-packing probably isn’t signing up to crash their jet packs into planes. This isn’t a two week stint in Florida flight school going to strip clubs at night - this is highly skilled aviation.
 

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