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

superchuck500

guarding the potatoes
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Diamond VIP Contributor
Joined
Aug 9, 2004
Messages
56,687
Reaction score
85,065
Location
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Offline
Sticky Post
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.”



 
OP
superchuck500

superchuck500

guarding the potatoes
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Diamond VIP Contributor
Joined
Aug 9, 2004
Messages
56,687
Reaction score
85,065
Location
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Offline
It happens 40 times a day according to the FAA.

2D5A2F47-DD2A-48B6-BE6B-0C023F689DF9.jpeg

So probably something like this, but grosser.
Yeah, I'm with you.

There's quite a bit of evidence on the "unrealistic" side of the ledger.
 

gavinj

Super Forum Fanatic
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
10,607
Reaction score
8,357
Online
Yeah, I'm with you.

There's quite a bit of evidence on the "unrealistic" side of the ledger.
I’m thinking that a drone rigged with a gun capable of firing a single armor piercing incendiary round straight down into the wing of a plane fully loaded with fuel while it’s preparing for takeoff might do the trick.

Hopefully smarter people than me have already thought of that and installed some kind of safeguard against it, now that I think about it.
 
OP
superchuck500

superchuck500

guarding the potatoes
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Diamond VIP Contributor
Joined
Aug 9, 2004
Messages
56,687
Reaction score
85,065
Location
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Offline
I’m thinking that a drone rigged with a gun capable of firing a single armor piercing incendiary round straight down into the wing of a plane fully loaded with fuel while it’s preparing for takeoff might do the trick.

Hopefully smarter people than me have already thought of that and installed some kind of safeguard against it, now that I think about it.
That's a precision shot. What kind of gun and mounting are you envisioning to be able to pull that shot off, and what size drone would it require?
 

DaveXA

I love the Lord!
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Sep 6, 2001
Messages
32,375
Reaction score
20,135
Age
49
Location
Vienna, VA via Lafayette
Offline
I’m thinking that a drone rigged with a gun capable of firing a single armor piercing incendiary round straight down into the wing of a plane fully loaded with fuel while it’s preparing for takeoff might do the trick.

Hopefully smarter people than me have already thought of that and installed some kind of safeguard against it, now that I think about it.
Actually, I do think the plane does have safeguards in the event a tank catches fire. I remember seeing it on a show somewhere that prevented tanks from exploding, but i can't recall how it worked though.

An incidiary round directly impacting the tank might still do the trick. Not sure though.
 

gavinj

Super Forum Fanatic
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
10,607
Reaction score
8,357
Online
That's a precision shot. What kind of gun and mounting are you envisioning to be able to pull that shot off, and what size drone would it require?
I don’t know. I’m hoping it’s not possible. And I’m also hoping the FBI isn’t about to knock on my door to ask me why the heck I’m even brainstorming about this crap on the internet lol.
 

DaveXA

I love the Lord!
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Sep 6, 2001
Messages
32,375
Reaction score
20,135
Age
49
Location
Vienna, VA via Lafayette
Offline
I don’t know. I’m hoping it’s not possible. And I’m also hoping the FBI isn’t about to knock on my door and asking me why the heck I’m even brainstorming about this crap on the internet lol.
Lmao, indeed. I'm more just wondering if we're prepared if a threat like that were out there. Would hate to see us caught unprepared like we were for 9-11.
 

gavinj

Super Forum Fanatic
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
10,607
Reaction score
8,357
Online
Lmao, indeed. I'm more just wondering if we're prepared if a threat like that were out there. Would hate to see us caught unprepared like we were for 9-11.
Ya gotta think that the people who are paid to think about these things have already covered this ground, I hope, I hope.
 
OP
superchuck500

superchuck500

guarding the potatoes
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Diamond VIP Contributor
Joined
Aug 9, 2004
Messages
56,687
Reaction score
85,065
Location
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Offline
I don’t know. I’m hoping it’s not possible. And I’m also hoping the FBI isn’t about to knock on my door to ask me why the heck I’m even brainstorming about this crap on the internet lol.
Yeah, I'm also just cracking myself up with the whole conversation and getting to say "jet pack" a lot. It's all pretty outlandish - so it's fun to goof on.
 

Super44

Pro-Bowler
Joined
Mar 5, 2015
Messages
4,415
Reaction score
4,980
Location
NOLA
Online
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?
Harder to track. Additionally, you need a very small footprint to launch from. Could be from anywhere at any time and swift. So with you being confused, I guess you do not see the problem with drones. Jet pack technology is faster technology. If you cannot see the advantages a person of malicious intent would have with this, I cannot help you. Just another evolution of technology. Oh, and by the way. You may want to ask the FBI. They obviously have some real concerns. 😎
 

Super44

Pro-Bowler
Joined
Mar 5, 2015
Messages
4,415
Reaction score
4,980
Location
NOLA
Online
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.
Of course. It does not take a rocket scientist to make this observation. Just another advancement of technology. Let’s add a RPG launcher to it, while we are at it. It is not about “crashing” into planes in a suicidal way. It is about advancing the technology even more, by adding weaponry to it. Or by swarming techniques. Drone swarms are a very real concern for authorities.

No one ever envisioned commercial jet planes being used as weapons either.
 

Super44

Pro-Bowler
Joined
Mar 5, 2015
Messages
4,415
Reaction score
4,980
Location
NOLA
Online
Actually, I do think the plane does have safeguards in the event a tank catches fire. I remember seeing it on a show somewhere that prevented tanks from exploding, but i can't recall how it worked though.

An incidiary round directly impacting the tank might still do the trick. Not sure though.
A highly trained terrorist with an fully automatic weapon and trained in using jet pack technology, simply would have to take out a cockpit window with loss of cabin pressure and wind at about 200mph flying in, and it would be game over. It does not have to be shooting at a wing, or an engine. Big birds (geese; flocks) crashing into cockpit windshields are a huge concern. Broken glass and a loss of visual, is enough of a problem and could be catastrophic.

The concern is, taking out the brains of the airplane.
 

faceman

Hall-of-Famer
Joined
Jun 1, 2000
Messages
5,780
Reaction score
5,685
Age
58
Online
No one ever envisioned commercial jet planes being used as weapons either.
Before 9-11 The USS Cole was severely damaged by a rubber raft loaded with C4. My brother in law retired from the Navy a few
years before this attack.. I asked him how this could have happened. He said we aren't designed to defend against low tech
weaponry. No one at the time expected a small fishing vessel to attack a Navy destroyer.
 

dtc

VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Joined
Dec 26, 2006
Messages
29,294
Reaction score
28,316
Location
Redneck Riviera
Offline
I’m thinking that a drone rigged with a gun capable of firing a single armor piercing incendiary round straight down into the wing of a plane fully loaded with fuel while it’s preparing for takeoff might do the trick.

Hopefully smarter people than me have already thought of that and installed some kind of safeguard against it, now that I think about it.
A hand full of scrap steel in the intake of a jet engine would be pretty catastrophic as would a single round from a 45 into the window of a pressurized cabin.
 

gavinj

Super Forum Fanatic
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
10,607
Reaction score
8,357
Online
Harder to track. Additionally, you need a very small footprint to launch from. Could be from anywhere at any time and swift. So with you being confused, I guess you do not see the problem with drones. Jet pack technology is faster technology. If you cannot see the advantages a person of malicious intent would have with this, I cannot help you. Just another evolution of technology. Oh, and by the way. You may want to ask the FBI. They obviously have some real concerns. 😎
Yeah, well, while you are wringing your hands about jetpacks, I have to remind you that all it takes is a pressure cooker, fireworks, and nails to construct something that can wipe a bunch of people out. You can come up with thousands of ways to commit a terrorist attack, the real key is concentrating the efforts on tracking the people crazy and sinister enough to do something terrible rather than trying to prevent all the possible ways that they could do it.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
Report: Panthers shut down facility ahead of Saints game after unconfirmed positive test Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Saints to play Panthers in Superdome this Sunday: report Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Dan in Lafayette Saints 1st Quarter + 1 Game Report Card (Offense, Special Teams, Coaches) SR News Page Articles 0
Report: Michael Thomas held out of Chargers game and fined, not suspended by Saints Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Report: NFL owners to vote on moving next New Orleans Super Bowl back one year to 2025 Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Dan in Lafayette Chargers vs. Saints: Pregame Report SR News Page Articles 0
Dan in Lafayette Chargers vs. Saints injury report, betting odds: Michael Thomas out, Joey Bosa questionable SR News Page Articles 0
Report: Saints WR Michael Thomas ruled out for Monday night after altercation with teammate Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Saints rule out WR Michael Thomas for Monday's game against Chargers: report Saints RSS News Feeds 0
ktmoze Saints 1st Qtr. Report on the Defensive Unit Saints Super Forum (Main Board) 7
Saints vs Chargers final injury report: Janoris Jenkins out, Marshon Lattimore questionable Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Injury report: 3 Saints ruled out, 6 are questionable for Monday night against Chargers Saints RSS News Feeds 0
Injury report (Ram full, Jenkins out. Lots of questionable). Saints Super Forum (Main Board) 24
Andrus Week 5: Saints Friday Injury Report SR News Page Articles 0
Saints vs Lions Friday injury report: Six limited including Michael Thomas Saints RSS News Feeds 0
B-Train Friday Injury Report per Underhill Saints Super Forum (Main Board) 63

Similar threads



Headlines

Top Bottom