It’s a bird, it’s a plane … no, it’s apparently a guy in a jet pack.
Dramatic video captured by an instructor with the Sling Pilot Academy shows what could be the elusive flier whose exploits in the skies above Los Angeles have confounded pilots and authorities alike.
The flight school pilot took the video at about 3,000 feet near Palos Verdes, south of LA, with Catalina Island visible in the background, according to an Instagram post by the academy.
“The video appears to show a jet pack, but it could also be a drone or some other object,” it wrote.
“If it is a ‘guy in a jet pack’ then it remains to be seen whether it is a legal test flight (jet packs are real – there is a manufacturer near Los Angeles) or related to the jet pack sightings near LAX recently that caused disruptions to air traffic,” the school added.
The Drive reported that one of the pilots on the plane told The War Zone that they were flying between Palos Verdes and Catalina Island when they saw the apparent jet packer whizzing by in the opposite direction.
There was no communication from the craft or about its flight on the usually busy frequency used in the training area, The Drive reported.
The pilots reported the encounter with the FAA, but an official report was not filed because there were no details, according to the outlet.
In late August, an American Airlines pilot approaching LAX at around 3,000 feet told an air traffic controller that he saw a solo jet setter whizzing by.
“Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jet pack,” the Flight 1997 pilot said, according to ATC audio posted. A Skywest pilot also saw the mystery flier.
The FAA said the incident was turned over to the LAPD — but the police agency later said it had not received a report from the FAA.
Some have suggested the aviator may have been performing a dangerous social media stunt in the busy LA airspace.