American Airlines pilots report “guy in a jetpack” flying next to their aircraft

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In the evening of 30 August, a pilot landing an American Airlines Airbus A321 (registered N575UW) at Los Angeles Airport, United States reported a “guy in a jetpack” flying near the aircraft. At the time of the encounter, the aircraft – coming from Philadelphia – was flying at an altitude of 3,000 feet. The following communication between air traffic control (ATC) and pilot was noted:


Pilot: “Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack.”


ATC: “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.”



ATC then warned other approaching flights to be on the lookout for a man in a jetpack.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation into the (drone)-incident. LAPD was notified but say they were unable to locate anything.


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