Pilot Landing In Los Angeles Reports 'Guy In A Jetpack' Flying Near Plane

By Bill Galluccio

September 1, 2020

A pilot landing at Los Angeles International Airport reported that a man in a jetpack was flying dangerously close to the aircraft. The pilot of American Airlines flight 1997 contacted the air traffic control tower to report the man in the jetpack was about 300 yards off the left side of the Airbus A321, which was flying at an altitude of 3,000 feet.

Pilot: "Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack."
Tower: "American, 1997, OK, thank you. Were they off to your left or right side?"
Pilot: "Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude."

A Skywest pilot also reported seeing the mysterious man in the jet pack. When the air traffic controller warned a JetBlue pilot to be on the lookout for the man, another pilot joked, "Only in LA."

The plane landed without incident, and authorities have launched an investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration said they reported the incident to Los Angeles Police Department, but officials told KTTV they have not received any information about the incident from the FAA.

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