‘Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack,’ pilot can be heard telling air-traffic control.
An American Airlines pilot in California reported seeing a “guy in a jetpack” flying roughly 3,000 feet above-ground as he was nearing Los Angeles International Airport, according to a recent report.
The American flight 1997 pilot was roughly 10 miles away from LAX on Sunday evening — while it was still light out — when he spotted the unusual sight and notified authorities, local affiliate FOX 11 Los Angeles reported.
“Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack,” the pilot can be heard saying in radio transmissions obtained by the news station.
Airline pilots have been known to report UFOs, but this time, cockpit crews landing at Los Angeles International Airport caught sight of “a guy in a jet pack,” according to a report.
An American Airlines pilot approaching LAX at around 3,000 feet and 10 miles out told an air traffic controller that he saw the solo jet setter whizzing along off their wing, Fox 11 reported.
The controller appears to be less than shocked.
“American 1997, OK, thank you. Were they off to your left or right side?” he says.
“Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude,” the pilot responds.
A Skywest pilot also saw the mystery flier, according to Fox 11, which shared the communication of a third pilot.
“We just saw the guy passing by us in the jet pack,” the pilot says.
The controller then alerts a JetBlue crew of the strange traffic hazard.
“JetBlue 23, use caution, person in a jet pack reported 300 yards south of the LA final at about 3,000 feet, 10 mile final,” he says.
The surprised JetBlue pilot responds: “JetBlue 23, we heard and we are definitely looking.”
Another incredulous pilot is later heard saying, “Only in LA.”
The identity of the alleged jet pack pilot remains a mystery.
American Airlines referred Fox 11 to the Federal Aviation Administration, which told it that the incident was turned over to the LAPD — but the police agency later said it had not received a report from the FAA.
Some have suggested the aviator may have been performing a dangerous social media stunt in the busy LA airspace, according to Fox 11.
In 2015, stuntmen Yves Rossy and his partner Vince Reffet flew in winged jet packs alongside an Emirates Airbus A380 above Dubai after they were dropped by a helicopter from an altitude of 5,500 feet.
But unlike the incident reported Sunday, that display was done under controlled and tightly choreographed conditions.
The Federal Aviation Authority told Fox News the sighting happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. local time.
An American Airlines pilot reports seeing a mystery person in a jetpack flying high above Los Angeles, right in the path of incoming jets at LAX Sunday evening.
It’s not clear what happened to the jetpack-traveler, who had not been located as of Monday night.
An FAA spokesperson told Fox News said the agency “alerted local law enforcement to the reports, and is looking into these reports.”
The LAPD did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.