Airline pilots report seeing ‘guy in jetpack’ flying near LAX during approach

'Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack,' pilot can be heard telling air-traffic control

An American Airlines pilot in California reported seeing a “guy in a jetpack” flying roughly 3,000 feet above-ground as he was nearing Los Angeles International Airport, according to a recent report.

The American flight 1997 pilot was roughly 10 miles away from LAX on Sunday evening -- while it was still light out -- when he spotted the unusual sight and notified authorities, local affiliate FOX 11 Los Angeles reported.

“Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack,” the pilot can be heard saying in radio transmissions obtained by the news station.

When the air traffic controller asks whether the pilot said the person was on the right or left side of the plane, he responds: “Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude.”

The Federal Aviation Authority told Fox News the sighting happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. local time.

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A second pilot then piped in, according to the report, telling air-traffic control: “We just saw the guy passing by us in the jetpack.”

Los Angeles International Airport, January 21, 2018: image showing a number of American Airlines jest at LAX. (iStock)

Los Angeles International Airport, January 21, 2018: image showing a number of American Airlines jest at LAX. (iStock)

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It's not clear what happened to the jetpack-traveler, who had not been located as of Monday night.

An FAA spokesperson told Fox News said the agency "alerted local law enforcement to the reports, and is looking into these reports." A spokesperson for the LAPD said they have not received any information about the incident.

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