Pilot Reports “Flying Object…Too Shiny. Too Fast” As Jetpack Man Returns To LAX

On August 30 someone in a jetpack was reported by pilots of an American Airlines flight near LAX. Now it’s happened again. China Airlines flight 215 crew inbound from Taipei reported another man in jetpack at LAX Wednesday afternoon.

At first they flagged a “flying object” but wasn’t sure if it was “a UAV or was it a jet pack?” It was a man in a jetpack flying at 6000 feet over Century City.

Here’s air traffic control audio of the incident.

The FBI is investigating – operating jetpacks over congested areas is illegal, generally subject to fines up to $27,500 – however endangering commercial aircraft could entail other charges. Perhaps the strangest thing is the technology that would allow someone to fly up to 6000 feet and have sufficient fuel to maneuver. It’s unclear whether this is the same person who was spotted on August 30. That person or persons will now be hunted.

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