Has the mystery of the elusive “jetpack guy” seen flying around the Los Angeles area finally been solved?
Photos and videos released this week by the LAPD appear to show an inflatable balloon resembling Jack Skellington from the movie ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ – not an actual human being who has been the basis of several pilot reports since August 2020.
“The FBI has worked closely with the FAA to investigate reported jetpack sightings in the Los Angeles area, none of which have been confirmed,” the FBI told Fox11 in a statement. “One working theory is that pilots may have seen balloons.”
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The mysterious aeronaut first came to public attention when an American Airlines pilot flying near Los Angeles International Airport told his checkpoint that he saw a “guy in a jetpack” about 3,000 feet up in the sky as he approached a landing in August last year, Fox11 reports.
Another airline crew reported an observation in mid-October, this time at 6,000 feet.
Then in December, video surfaced that appears to show an unidentified flying man hovering 3,000 feet over Palos Verdes near Catalina Island. It was captured by a flight instructor from Sling Pilot Academy, a local aviation school.
In July this year, there was another reported sighting.
A commercial pilot broadcast it on the radio about 15 miles east of Los Angeles International Airport at an altitude of 5,000 feet.
“Be careful, the jetpack guy is back,” said an air traffic alert.
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“Did you see a UFO?” asked an air traffic controller a pilot.
“We were looking, but we did not see Iron Man,” the pilot replied.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.