The last thing a 747 pilot expects to see out the window on his or her final approach is a person. It can only mean one of two things—either the flight crew has made a terrible mistake and lost a passenger, or someone got their hands on a jet pack. Los Angeles area air traffic control encountered the latter on Wednesday evening. And they didn’t take the presence lightly as it posed a huge threat to LAX air traffic.
It’s not the first time the Federal Aviation Authority has seen an Iron Man-type figure flying around the Los Angeles International Airport, either. Some may remember the previous incident from September 2020. Pilots on approach to LAX reported seeing a man flying around on a jetpack at roughly 3,000 feet.
This time around, it’s the same story. But the man (or woman) has braved a few thousand more feet of altitude. If it’s the same culprit, that is.
“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 FAA reported.
“Skywest 3626, use caution. The jet man is back, let me know if you see him,” the air traffic controller said.
“We were looking, but we did not see Iron Man,” a pilot responded.
The 2020 Los Angeles Jet Pack Incidents
Apparently, the FBI investigated the 2020 reports that were nearly identical in nature. There doesn’t seem to have been much of a conclusion to the case. And now, the same thing is happening again. We can only hope that perpetrator keeps himself out of any air traffic’s way, should he choose to go back up.
Whoever this man or woman is, they have a flair for the dramatic. Over the course of 2020, there were multiple reports of a jet pack person flying through the sunny skies of Los Angeles. On a few occasions, onlookers managed to capture the culprit on video.
You can watch a news broadcast from December 2020 that features some of the home video below.
While manned jet pack technology definitely exists, the Federal Aviation Authority seemed inclined to believe that the sightings could be of an unmanned craft designed to look like a person. And it’s those unmanned devices that have become extremely accessible over the past few years that keep them up at night.
“Reports of unmanned aircraft sightings from pilots, law enforcement personnel, and the general public have increased dramatically over the past two years,” the FAA’s website reads.