"The jet man is back."
That's what an air traffic controller can be heard saying to a SkyWest flight after another possible jetpack sighting reported Wednesday evening near Los Angeles International Airport. The sighting comes after at least four pilotslast year in the same area.
"A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jetpack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude," a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity."
In recordings obtained by CBS Los Angeles, air traffic control personnel could be heard issuing a warning to pilots.
ATC: Skywest 3626, use caution. The jet man is back, let me know if you see him."
ATC: Skywest 3626, did you see the UFO?
Pilot: We were looking, but we did not see Iron Man.
ATC: Evergreen 8023 … use caution, there was a report of a man in jetpack around 5,000 feet in the vicinity of Los Angeles.
Late last year, a number of similar reports were made near the airport, prompting the FBI to investigate.
In addition to the sightings near LAX, a flight school posted footage on Instagram of theoff the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in December.
A report issued by the FBI said that the reported sightings were unlikely to involve an actual person with a jet pack.
CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleavelast year there does not appear to be a jetpack on the market that could get someone to an elevation of roughly 3,000 feet and back to the ground safely. That would require a lot of fuel or a parachute.
David Mayman, CEO of L.A.-based Jetpack Aviation, told Van Cleave he was also doubtful it was a jetpack.
"They'd run out of fuel, they use fuel too quickly," Mayman said, adding that a typical flight time for a jetpack is just 5 to 10 minutes. "If it's a real jetpack, its noisy. People would have heard it take off and land."