LAX pilots report 'guy in a jet pack' trying to land alongside them

Incident was reported to control tower by cabin crew of American Airlines and JetBlue

James Crump
Tuesday 01 September 2020 13:59
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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.”

An official in the control tower joked: “Only in LA,” after the incident was reported by both pilots.

The airport is the second busiest in the US and third busiest in the world, as it handled 88,068,013 passengers across its four runways in 2019.

The Independent contacted both American Airlines and JetBlue for comment, and the former referred The Independent to the FAA.

The FAA told The Independent: “Two airline flight crews reported seeing what appeared to be someone in a jet pack as they were on their final approaches to LAX around 6:35pm PDT Sunday.

“The FAA alerted local law enforcement to the reports, and is looking into these reports.”

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