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PHOTOS: Pilot reports seeing a man in a jetpack at 5,000 feet above LAX

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Was it Superman? Ironman? Or maybe just someone in a jet pack? The latter is what an airline pilot near LAX is assuming after spotting the mysterious person that appeared to be floating on Wednesday night.

The potential sighting of an object “resembling a jet pack” was seen at around 5,000 feet. The pilot was flying a Boeing 747 about 15 miles east of the airport, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said in a statement to CBSLA.

“Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity,” the statement said.

Late last year, there were several reports of jetpack sightings over Los Angeles. Late last 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 New York Post reported that last December, an instructor with the Sling Pilot Academy captured an object on camera. The academy shared that what was seen by the pilot could have been a jetpack at 3,000 feet near Palos Verdes.

The FBI and Federal Aviation Administration said last September they were investigating the August reported sightings.

A report later issued by the FAA concluded the sightings were most likely not persons with jet packs, CBSLA reported.

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