Pilot rescued seconds before train barrels into crashed plane, California video shows

Police only had seconds to pull a pilot from a crashed plane as a train barreled toward them.

Los Angeles Police Department officers rescued a man Sunday, Jan. 9, from a small plane that had crashed on train tracks, video shows. A train slammed into the aircraft just seconds after they pulled the man across the road.

“Foothill Division Officers displayed heroism and quick action by saving the life of a pilot who made an emergency landing on the railroad tracks at San Fernando Rd. and Osborne St., just before an oncoming train collided with the aircraft,” the police department said on Twitter.

The plane lost power and crashed onto the tracks Sunday afternoon, police said. The pilot was the only person onboard.

The man’s face was covered in blood as officers dragged him from the cockpit, video shows. Police did not identify the pilot.

The pilot was taken to the hospital, according to KTLA. His condition was unknown at the time, ABC 7 reported.

No other injuries were reported from the crash of the plane or the commuter train, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Maddie Capron is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter focused on the outdoors and wildlife in the western U.S. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.


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