From Men’s Health
Stop us if you’ve heard it before: On Wednesday afternoon, crew members on an airliner flying near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) again spotted someone in a jetpack gliding at an altitude of 6,000 feet high, a few miles northwest of the flight hub.
This is second time in six weeks that flight professionals have noticed someone in a jetpack flying near LAX.
At 1:45 p.m. PST, crew of LAX-bound China Airlines Flight 006, a Boeing 777 from Taipei, alerted air traffic controllers to strange sightings. Here is part of a transcript of a conversation between China Airlines personnel and air traffic control, according to audio obtained by The War Zone:
China Airlines 006: “Just now we saw a bright object of 6,000.”
LAX Tower: “006 heavy can you say that one more time please?”
China Airlines 006: “We saw a flying object like a [this part is hard to decipher, but it sounded like] flight suit jetpack at 6,000. “
LAX Tower: “Is this a UAV or is it a jetpack?”
China Airlines 006: “Like a jetpack. Too shiny. It is so far away. ”
LAX Tower: “006 heavy, roger, thanks … Emirates 215 heavy has a jetpack reported about 13 miles ahead.”
The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that CNBC it received the report, and immediately alerted the local law enforcement. Make sure the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is in the case as well, as a spokesperson told New York Times the Bureau is “investigating numerous reports of what, according to witnesses, appears to be an individual in a jetpack near LAX.”
The FBI is digging into a similar recent escape to LAX. On August 29, a pilot for American Airlines Flight 1997 spotted what he believed to be “a man in a jetpack” just 300 yards to the left of his plane, climbing into the busy air above the airport at nearly 3,000 feet . (Another pilot who headed for LAX gave a summary of the whole situation: “Only in LA”)
These features sound far — especially at 6,000 feet, where the Hours It was pointed out that LA’s Wilshire Grand Tower, the tallest building west of Mississippi, was nearly six times taller – but the stunts were not quite complete. For example, an Indian pilot almost reached an altitude of 6,000 feet in one short jetpack flight to Dubai earlier this year, per the Hours.
And perhaps the LAX daredevil is not technically a jetpack. In 2016, New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Company debuted a prototype that could reach a maximum speed of 46 miles per hour and a flight ceiling of 3,000 feet. The apparatus is not a real jetpack, as it uses twin ducted fans, and the wearer may not put it like a backpack – but it is an experimental flying device that can provoke a person up to the level of planes in the sky.
As Martin Aircraft closes in 2019, if someone already has a hand in technology, it could be in heaven. Martin intends to provide its use to first responders for use during natural disasters and search-and-rescue missions, such as fighting wildfires that continue to erupt throughout California. But that appears to be a stretch.
Needless to say, flying in a jetpack around a commercial airliner is an extremely dumb thing to do. Too close to the ship and you could be sucked into the engine, the plane would crash, and, you know, die. Don’t be like the mysterious LAX jetpack guy.
Note: Shows the main image French pilot Franky Zapata flies his Flyboard jetpack during the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on April 21, 2018 in Cannes.
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