“Two airline flight crews reported seeing what appeared to be someone in a jetpack as they were on their final approaches to LAX around 6:35 pm PDT Sunday,” the FAA said on Tuesday in a statement, but no further details were released.
Recordings of communications between the tower and the aircraft as the pilots were approaching the airport have been obtained by Fox 11 Los Angeles.
A pilot is heard saying “Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack.”
The controller responded and asked, “American 1997, OK, thank you, were they off to your left side or your right side?”
“Off the left side at maybe 300 yards or so at our altitude,” the pilot replied. A different pilot also reported a sighting.
“We just saw the guy pass by us in the jetpack,” the pilot said. Then the controller advised a different aircraft flight crew to take caution.
“Person in a jetpack reported 300 yards south of the LA final at about 3,000ft, 10-mile final,” the controller stated.
A spokeswoman for the FBI named Laura Eimiller said the agency has also launched an investigation into the sightings, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“The FBI is aware of the reports by pilots on Sunday and is working to determine what occurred,” the FBI’s statement said.
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