The infamous jet pack man that has plagued pilots on final approach to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has made a reappearance after months of no sightings whatsoever. Jet pack man has managed to elude investigators since he or she first took pilots by surprise in September 2020.
“Skywest 3626, use caution. The jet man is back; let me know if you see him,” ait traffic controllers warned a regional American Airlines flight recently after several pilots reported seeing the jet pack at an altitude of around 5,000 feet.
The jet pack was spotted around 15 miles east of LAX by the pilot of a Boeing 747 but that was still close enough to prompt a series of warnings for other pilots to be on the lookout.
Air traffic controllers asked Skywest flight 3626 whether they had seen a “UFO” to which the pilots responded: “We were looking, but we did not see Iron Man.” In a statement, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said of the latest incident:
“A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jet pack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude. Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity.”
The jet pack man was first spotted in September 2020 by a number of pilots including American Airlines, Skywest and JetBlue. In October, the pilots of a China Airlines plane also reported seeing the jet pack – this time at around 6,000 feet. The most recent sighting before this latest incident was in December 2020.
Investigators have suggested that rather than being an actual person, jet pack man might actually be a human shaped drone.
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