Earlier this year, a pilot from Jetman Dubai, a team of pilots trying to push the boundaries of autonomous human flight, flew almost 6,000 feet up using a jetpack in a flight that lasted three minutes.
On August 30, flight crews from two separate flights reported seeing what appeared to be a person in a jet pack at about 3,000 feet above the ground. Though the FBI's Los Angeles office said it was investigating nearly immediately after the first sighting, the bureau has yet to offer any explanation for the high-flying daredevil, who it claimed "threaten [ed] USA airspace". The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has alerted local law enforcement authorities and is investigating the recent sighting.
Air traffic controllers took no chances with the reported 1:45 p.m. sighting by the pilot of a packed Boeing 777 and immediately scrambled to warn commercial airliners descending into the airport of the potential threat.
As China Airlines 006 began its descent, the pilot radioed the tower: "We just saw a bright object at 6,000". The pilot then replied, "We saw a flying object. flight suit jetpack at 6,000".
While the idea of a man flying around in a jet pack in his free time is hilarious, Mashable did its research and found out some are speculating it may not be a jet pack and real person at all.
The sightings are at such high altitudes and given that most jetpacks are not equipped to fly for more than a few minutes to go very high, flying in busy airspace like that in a major city can present the risk of a collision with a jetliner or being drawn into the plane's engine.
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