A man has been saved from near-death by police officers in Los Angeles right after her crashed-landed his plane onto railway tracks seconds before it was hit by a train.
The unnamed pilot was saved from the Cessna by quick-thinking officers who had pulled him out just before a high-speed train smashed into the aircraft, sending debris flying everywhere.
This incident happened on Sunday, near the Los Angeles Police Department’s station in Foothill on Osborne Street, nearby the Whiteman Airport.
According to the local media, a dramatic video was obtained and shows several officers freeing the man from the downed plane, which had crashed shortly after the take-off in the Pacoima neighborhood.
The police officers and pilot were just a few feet away from the railway tracks while the passing train destroyed the plane.
Luis Jimenez, a 21-year- old music composer said “The plane had a failed take-off and landed on the train tracks at a popular intersection”
“Just seconds before impact police officers saved the pilot, and a piece of debris almost hit me.”
The pilot was the sole passenger on the plane and first responders were called at around 2 pm.
According to the LAPD’s Valley Bureau, the plane had lost power and crashed into the tracks.
The department applauded its officers, saying in the tweet they had “displayed heroism and quick action by saving in the tweet they had “displayed heroism and quick action by saving the life of a pilot who also made an emergency landing on the railroad tracks”.
The pilot was treated for cuts and bruises and is in a stable condition now, according to the local media.
No one was injured on the train.