A miracle. LAPD police officers saved a man at the last minute by extracting him from the cockpit of his crashed aircraft on a railroad track, just before a train hit him.
According to authorities, the pilot was hospitalized on January 9 following the crash of his Cessna 172, which occurred following a forced landing on the rails of a railroad track, in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The Federal Aviation Administatrion (FAA) said the small passenger aircraft crashed at around 2:10 p.m. local time, shortly after take off from Whiteman Airfield in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Several LAPD police officers intervened to drag the pilot out of the crashed plane, just seconds before a train arrived and pulverized the tourist device. It is also thanks to one of the pedestrian cameras of one of the police officers that we owe this incredible video.
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. pic.twitter.com/DDxtGGIIMo
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 10, 2022
The pilot, the only person on board, was transported by Los Angeles firefighters in an unknown condition to a hospital facility for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
Officials said train traffic had been halted and road traffic had been diverted around the crash area. An investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board was initiated to clarify the causes of the accident.