Injured pilot pulled out of crashed plane seconds before train hits wreckage
A pilot has luckily escaped serious injuries when he was pulled out of his plane moments before a fast-moving train collided with his aircraft.
The Cessna 172 pilot, who has not been named, made an emergency landing on the railway tracks near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima of Los Angeles on Sunday, January 9.
The small plane veered off course, and ultimately collided with several railroad crossing guards.
Bodycam footage released by Los Angeles Police shows the dramatic moment officers rush to pull the injured pilot out of the damaged plane.
"Go! go! go!" the officers yelled while an oncoming train blasting its horn as it approaches the crossing at fast speed.
Seconds later, it smashes into the tail of the plane, sending parts of the wing flying through the air.
The pilot suffered bleeding from a gash on his head, but was conscious and able to speak to those who came to his aid.
He was the sole occupant of the plane, the police said.
Los Angels Police Department later tweeted: "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 road. and Osborne street, just before an oncoming train collided with the aircraft."
The cause of the emergency landing was under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Los Angeles Daily News reported that a small amount of fuel had leaked out of the damaged plane but it was soon contained by firefighters.
The police sealed off the area where the plane remained on the tracks, including portions of the plane's engine and fuselage, as well as broken railway crossing signs.
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Twitter users commented on the incident and praised the police's fast actions.
One said: "Not dying twice in the same day is a very good day."
A second said the pilot had his "luckiest day" to survive after a plane crash and avoided being hit by a train.
"Like something out of a movie," a third added.
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