A Cessna light aircraft failed a successful takeoff from an airport in Los Angeles and crash-landed on the railroad lines at a well-known crossroads shortly afterward.
L.A.officers were able to drag the pilot out of the cockpit seconds before a train collided with it on Sunday, Jan.9, sending wreckage flying in all directions.
Is this an action movie scene? According to local media, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Pacoima district, as seen in the dramatic video obtained by Reuters.
“The plane had a failed takeoff and landed on the train tracks at a popular intersection,” said Luis Jimenez, the 21-year-old music composer who filmed the video. “Just seconds before impact police officers saved the pilot, and a piece of debris almost hit me.”
The Los Angeles Police Department shared bodycam footage of cops removing the bleeding pilot off the plane on Twitter.
In a tweet, the department praised its officers, saying they “displayed heroism and quick action by saving the life of a pilot who made an emergency landing on the railroad tracks.”
According to local media, the pilot received treatment for cuts and bruises and is in stable condition.