Last fall, the Twitterverse was set ablaze with video and images of what appeared to be a man with a jetpack dodging planes above LAX airport in Los Angeles. Was it a new superhero on the scene? An alien? A government project we weren’t meant to see?
Well. None of the above, it seems.
According to the papers, a pilot involved in the August incident told the FBI that the “jetpack man” looked identical to a dummy-carrying drone he’d seen on Youtube.
“Mike Bumberger, our LEAP [Law Enforcement Assistance Program] Agent shared that the FBI interviewed the American Airlines pilot that made the jetpack sighting,” writes John Blanco, the Aviation Safety Manager at the Los Angeles Flight Standards District Office, in an email to FAA officials. “The pilot said what he saw was exactly like the drone in the YouTube video below.”
That YouTube video Blanco is referring to was shot near an airfield in Germany and shows a camo-clad mannequin borne aloft by a powerful Duocopter drone.