Watch: Police officer saves pilot from oncoming train after plane crashes near tracks

Watch: Police officer saves pilot from oncoming train after plane crashes near tracks

Los Angeles police officers pulled an injured pilot from the wreckage of a small plane that crash landed on tracks just moments before a commuter train smashed into the aircraft over the weekend.

Train smashes through downed plane SECONDS after pilot is rescued

Officers in Los Angeles pulled a pilot from a plane that had crashed onto train tracks near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima just moments before it collided with …

Via NZ Herald:

The pilot of a small plane averted death twice in a span of minutes on Sunday, first when he crash-landed onto railroad tracks, then when Los Angeles police rescued him just before a commuter train smashed into the aircraft.

Bodycam video showed the officers working furiously to disentangle the bloodied pilot from the cockpit of the crumpled Cessna 172.

“Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!” someone yelled as the officers dragged the man away seconds before the Metrolink train, its horn blaring, barreled through the plane.

The single-engine plane had engine failure during takeoff from Whiteman Airport in the San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima and went down moments later, police Capt. Christopher Zine told reporters.

The plane ended up on a rail crossing in an intersection adjacent to the airport and just blocks from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division station. Officers arrived at the crash scene almost immediately.

“I had requested Metrolink to cease all train activity, but apparently that didn’t happen,” Sgt. Joseph Cavestany told CBSN Los Angeles.

Officer Christopher Aboyte told KABC-TV that he initially stood by the plane trying to keep the pilot, who was seated, conscious and alert.

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