Horror moment plane is smashed by train in Pacoima, California, seconds after pilot is pulled from crash wreckage

DRAMATIC police bodycam footage captured the moment a speeding train ripped through a crashed plane just seconds after the pilot was pulled from the wreckage.

The heart-stopping video shows several officers dragging the bloodied pilot from the mangled single-engine Cessna 172 with just seconds to spare.


The incident occurred in Pacoima, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, at around 2pm on Sunday.

In the video, Los Angeles police are shouting “Go go go!” as they pull the officer away from the Metrolink train tracks. 

The collision occurred exactly five seconds later, causing parts of the plane wreckage and debris to fly all over the place. The train was not affected. 

The pilot was the sole person on board and was taken to a trauma center by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics to treat cuts and bruises. He is in stable condition.

Firefighters are taking care of a minor fuel spill but no other injuries have been reported.

Luis Jimenez, a music composer, was on-site at the time of the collision and filmed his own video.  

“The plane had a failed takeoff and landed on the train tracks at a popular intersection,” the 21-year-old told Reuters.

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“Just seconds before impact police officers saved the pilot, and a piece of debris almost hit me.”

'HEROISM'

The LAPD applauded their officers for displaying “heroism and quick action.”

“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.”

Authorities have shut down a few lanes part of San Fernando Road and Osborne street and have set up clean up operations.

The crash is now being investigated.


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