For the second time in six weeks, crew members on a business airliner flying close to Los Angeles Worldwide Airport on Wednesday discovered that they have been sharing the skies with an individual hovering solo over Southern California in a jetpack.
The most recent encounter was reported to have occurred at an altitude of 6,000 toes — practically six occasions the peak of the Wilshire Grand Tower, the tallest constructing not solely in Los Angeles however west of the Mississippi.
A China Airways crew noticed the particular person about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday roughly seven miles northwest of the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration stated. The company is investigating the report.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated the company “is investigating a number of experiences of what, in keeping with witnesses, seemed to be a person in a jetpack close to LAX.” Federal officers stated final month that they have been investigating the sooner jetpack sighting by two business pilots.
On Aug. 29, an American Airways pilot known as the management tower about 6:45 p.m. and reported seeing what seemed to be a person with a jetpack at about 3,000 toes.
Shortly after that trade, a JetBlue pilot stated he had additionally seen the person cross by. After asking the JetBlue pilot to maintain a lookout, the controller added, “Solely in L.A.”
The sightings at such excessive altitudes are shocking, given that almost all jetpacks will not be geared up to fly for various minutes, or to go very excessive. Flying in busy airspace like that round a serious metropolis’s airport additionally presents the danger of a collision with a jetliner or of being drawn right into a airplane’s engine.
Some are nonetheless making an attempt high-altitude flights. Earlier this 12 months, a pilot from Jetman Dubai, a staff of pilots attempting to push the boundaries of autonomous human flight, flew nearly 6,000 feet up utilizing a jetpack in a flight that lasted three minutes. The touchdown was aided by a parachute.
And JetPack Aviation, primarily based within the San Fernando Valley space of Los Angeles, invented what it calls “the world’s solely JetPack,” which might attain as much as 15,000 toes in altitude and function for about 10 minutes. The corporate doesn’t promote its jetpack, nevertheless it permits those that full a three-week coaching program to function it in a managed house.
Anybody with info ought to contact the F.B.I. at 310-477-6565.
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