It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's jetpack man!
2020 has been a wacky year, to say the least. Among some of the unexpected and just plain odd occurrences was the sighting of a “guy on jetpack” hanging around incoming planes at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Back on August 30, three different pilots reported seeing the man buzzing around on a jetpack, two American Airlines pilots and one Jet Blue flight. Then, another sighting was reported on October 14, when an inbound flight from Taipei saw the jetpack flying around 6,000 feet.
And it seems that "jetpack man" is back at it! He was recently captured on video by a flight instructor on the morning of December 21. The flight instructor was flying near Palos Verdes, California, on an instructional flight when he spotted the man flying in the opposite direction. The two pilots had no interactions or radio communications, however, the pilot was able to get a video of the encounter and shared it on the Sling Pilot Academy Instagram (video below) and YouTube channel. The pilot also reported the sighting to the Federal Aviation Administration.
"The video appears to show a jet pack, but it could also be a drone or some other object. If it is a ‘guy in a jet pack’ then it remains to be seen whether it is a legal test flight (jet packs are real - there is a manufacturer near Los Angeles) or related to the jet pack sightings near LAX recently that caused disruptions to air traffic," Sling Pilot Academy wrote in its post.
The incident is currently under investigation, but there's not much information to go on. The previous incidents are under investigation, and the FBI got involved in August. This is the first video to be captured of the elusive "jetpack man." Whoever is behind this the mystery remains, and no one has come forward.
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