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Pilots report seeing a "guy in a jetpack" near Los Angeles airport but experts are skeptical


The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday they are investigating reports from airline pilots that a "guy in a jetpack" was flying close to their planes as they approached Los Angeles International Airport to land.


"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 p.m. PDT Sunday," the FAA told CBS News.


CBS Los Angeles obtained recordings of communications between the aircraft and the tower last weekend.


CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports there does not appear to be a jetpack on the market that could get someone to an elevation of roughly 3,000 feet and back to the ground safely.


Mayman says Jetpack Aviation is under contract with the U.S. military to do research and development on this kind of technology, they do not sell it commercially and they have confirmed it was not any of their aircraft.


He added that jetpack technology is not commonly available so "whoever flew this probably built it themselves," which leads him to believe it was more likely a large drone.






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