Police officers in Los Angeles are being praised for their “heroism and quick action” after pulling a pilot from a plane wreckage just seconds before a train collided with it.
According to police, the pilot was flying a small plane solo when he made an emergency landing on train tracks in Pacoima, a neighbourhood in LA, at about 2pm on Sunday (local time).
The plane reportedly lost power, causing it to plummet to the ground.
Body cam vision shows heartstopping rescue
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted body cam footage, showing the officers pulling the injured pilot from the plane right before it was smashed by an oncoming train.
Someone can be heard yelling: “Go, go go,” in the background of the video as the train blasts its horn upon approach.
OMG—Train collides with a crashed plane just 2 seconds after @LAPDFoothill police pull the pilot from the wreckage earlier today. The bystander who recorded this was nearly hit by large flying debris. LAPD officer’s body cam further below👇—amazing heroism 🙏 https://t.co/HFbd47q9a0 pic.twitter.com/pJssGZsrPM
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 10, 2022
Mere seconds later, the train slammed into the small plane, pushing it out of view.
"Plane lost power, crashed onto tracks," the Los Angeles Police Department’s valley bureau tweeted.
"LAPD pulled the pilot out just before approaching train collided with the unoccupied plane.”
Pilot taken to trauma centre
Los Angeles County Public Works said the pilot is believed to have suffered “minor injuries.”
An update from the LA Police Department said the pilot was transported to a regional trauma center by LAFD Paramedics.
"No fire. Minor fuel spill has been contained by firefighters. No other injuries reported," a statement read.
"The damaged airplane remains on or near Metrolink Antelope Valley line train tracks. All train movement is currently restricted in that area."
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