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"Guy in a Jetpack" Spotted Flying 3,000 Feet Over LAX.


It was a typical Sunday evening for the pilots of American Airlines flight 1997 when they spotted "a guy in a jetpack" flying 300 yards away from the plane. Both flight 1997 and the jetpack man wre about 3,000 feet in the air.


A pilot for American Airlines flight 1997 (AA1997) told the air traffic control tower crew: "Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack...off the left side [of the plane], maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude,"


Another pilot, believed to be operating a SkyWest Airlines flight, confirmed to tower crew: "We just saw the guy passing by us in the jetpack."


The tower crew also warned a JetBlue pilot about the incident: "JetBlue 23, use caution, a person in a jetpack reported 300 yards south of the L.A. final at about 3,000 feet 10-mile final."


Earlier this year in February, a man in a jetpack from the company Jetman Dubai reached an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet, reportedly becoming the first to "achieve 100% autonomous human flight: a take-off from the ground, transitioning into a high-altitude flight," the company said.


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