From men’s health
Stop by if you’ve heard this before: Wednesday afternoon, crew members fly on a passenger plane again near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) saw a person in a jetpack glides at an altitude of 6,000 feet high, a few miles northwest of the flight node.
It is second time in six weeks that aviation experts have observed someone in a jetpack flying near LAX.
Kl. 13.45 PST warned the crew of the LAX-bound China Airlines Flight 006, a Boeing 777 from Taipei, air traffic controllers about the strange sight. Here is part of the transcript of the conversation between China Airlines’ crew and air traffic control according to audio obtained by War zones:
China Airlines 006: “We just saw a bright object of 6,000.”
LAX Tower: “006 heavy, can you say that one more time?”
China Airlines 006: “We saw a flying object as one [this part is hard to decipher, but it sounded like] flight suit jetpack of 6,000. ”
LAX Tower: “Was it a UAV, or was it a jetpack?”
China Airlines 006: “Like a jetpack. Too shiny. It is too far. ”
LAX Tower: “006 tongue, roger, thank you … Emirates 215 tongue there was a jetpack reported about 13 miles ahead.”
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to CNBC it received the report and immediately warned local law enforcement. Make sure the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also in the case, as a spokeswoman said New York Times The Bureau “is investigating several reports of what, according to witnesses, appeared to be an individual in a jetpack near LAX.”
The FBI is already digging into a similar recent escapade at LAX. On August 29, a pilot for American Airlines Flight 1997 discovered what he thought was “a guy in a jetpack” just 300 meters to the left of his plane, hovering over the busy airspace above the airport at an altitude of about 3,000 feet. (Another pilot on his way to LAX summed up the whole situation quite briefly: “Only in LA”)
These holdings sound far fetched – especially at 6,000 feet, which Times points out, is almost six times the height of LA’s Wilshire Grand Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi – but stunts are not entirely unprecedented. For example, an Indian pilot almost reached an altitude of 6,000 feet in one short jetpack flight in Dubai earlier in the year per Times.
And maybe the LAX daredevil did not technically use a jetpack. In 2016, the Martin Aircraft Company of New Zealand debuted a prototype that could reach a top speed of 46 miles per hour and a flight ceiling of 3,000 feet. The device is not a real jetpack, as it uses dual-channel fans and the wearer cannot carry it like a backpack – but it is still an experimental flying device that could possibly take a person up to the level of planes in the sky.
While Martin Aircraft closed in 2019, if anyone already had their hands on the technology, it could have been in heaven. Martin intended to provide his equipment to first responders for use during natural disasters and search and rescue missions, such as fighting the fires that continue to blaze over California. But it seems to be a stretch.
Needless to say, flying in a jetpack near a commercial passenger plane is an extraordinarily stupid thing to do. Veer too close to the vessel and you could be sucked into the engine, damage the plane and, you know, die. Do not be like the mysterious LAX jetpack man.
Note: The lead photo shows French pilot Franky Zapata will fly with his Flyboard jetpack during the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on April 21, 2018 in Cannes.
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