BREAKING NEWS: China Airlines crew sees person in jet pack flying 6,000 feet above LAX

  • The FAA said a China Airlines crew member spotted the individual about seven miles northwest of the airport around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
  • An air traffic controller overseeing airline approaches also reported seeing a person in a jet pack and warned a commercial pilot who was about to land.
  • Both FBI and LAX officials investigate the reports
  • This is the second similar incident in just over a month

A China Airlines crew member reported seeing someone in a jet pack flying at an altitude of 6,000 feet near LA International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

The crew member spotted the individual about seven miles northwest of the airport around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, the FAA said.

An air traffic controller overseeing airline approaches also reported seeing what appeared to be a person in a jet pack at around 6,500 feet and warned a commercial pilot who was about to land at the airport.

Both FBI and LAX officials are investigating the sightings, which marks the second incident of an individual in a jet pack crossing the airport flight path in just over a month.

A China Airlines crew member reported seeing someone in a jet pack flying at an altitude of 6,000 feet near LA International Airport (above), according to the Federal Aviation Authority

The crew member spotted the individual about seven miles northwest of the airport around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, the FAA said.

The crew member spotted the individual about seven miles northwest of the airport around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, the FAA said.

The FAA alerted local law enforcement to the sighting on Wednesday and aviation authorities and LAX officials are now investigating the incident.

Sources told the LA Times that the FBI is also investigating the sighting.

This is the second reported sighting of a person in a jet pack flying near the California airport in the past six weeks.

Returning on August 29, two commercial pilots on separate flights with American Airlines and Jet Blue Airlines both reported sightings to the ground watchtower at around 6:45 p.m.

The American Airlines pilot alerted the LAX control tower that the plane had passed a “guy in a jet pack” just 300 meters to the left of the plane and at the same altitude.

“Tower, American 1997. We just passed a guy in a jet pack,” the pilot said in the call.

“American 1997, OK, thank you. Were they to your left or to your right? asked the tower operator.

The pilot replied: “ On the left side, maybe 300 meters or so, about our altitude. ”

The Jet Blue pilot said shortly after at the tower: “ We just saw the guy pass us by in the jet pack. ”

The control tower then warned another plane of the individual.

“Only in Los Angeles,” said the air traffic controller.

Federal authorities are investigating this incident.

This story is developing

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