It doesn't say "near miss"!!Jetpack near misses in Los Angeles?
It doesn't say "near miss"!!
If 300' or so is ballpark accurate - it's a near midair.faa definition
A near midair collision is defined as an incident associated with the operation of an aircraft in which a possibility of collision occurs as a result of proximity of less than 500 feet to another aircraft
"The pilot said the man was flying with a jetpack at 3,000 feet and only about 300 yards away from the plane, Airbus A321. "If 300' or so is ballpark accurate - it's a near midair.
I have seen party helium balloons drifting at 3.000 to 5,000' over Pitt Meadows. Some kid in Vancouver was crying over a lost party balloon.Flying over SoCal in single engine 'slow-movers' I have encountered many odd sites.... but was able to get enough time to focus [safely] and sort-out what I was seeing.
Speculation: pilots were seeing a tethered or free-drifting balloon that was made to look like a man-in-a-jet-pack... or that the balloon was sagging/collapsing such-that the quickly passing pilots' minds interpreted the sight as a high altitude jet-packer.
Reminds me of an accident circa 1990. A guy was hand-propping an Ercoupe when it roared across the grass runway and plowed into a hangar on the other side. Fortunately the hangar protected the ultralight sheltering inside and Mr. Clumsy returned the next week to repair the hangar.T-18 attacks hangar: