Police officers pulled a bleeding pilot out of a Cessna 172 that crashed on the railroad tracks near Whiteman Airport in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 9, just moments before a train took off. came and crashed into the still plane.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said the small plane that crashed landed near the intersection of Osborne Street and San Fernando Street in the Pacoima neighborhood at 2:09 p.m. local time. The partially damaged plane was in the path of a Metrolink locomotive that collided at full speed with the tail of the plane.
“He’s out there, they got him out!” People scream in footage captured at the scene by a news cameraman with OC Hawk just moments after the train smashed through the rear of the plane.
Victor Rodriguez said the plane was heading south and was approaching the airport’s runway before it went down. It deviated, and eventually collided with some security guards crossing the railway.
“It looks like the engine has been completely shut down,” said Rodriguez, 32, manager of the nearby JR Taco Llama restaurant. “I looked away and heard a loud crash, then looked over my shoulder. And it’s like watching it bend and twist in slow motion when it hits signs. ”
Fire department officials said the pilot was the only person on board. He was bleeding from a slash to his head, but was conscious and able to talk to the people who came to help him, Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez, other witnesses and police were among a group of about 15 people who rushed to help the man.
Bodycam footage shows two officers lifting him out of the cockpit. Then they shouted, “Go! Go! go!” while pulling him out of the wreck, seconds before the train plunges in.
Foothill Division officers demonstrated heroism and quick action by saving the life of a pilot who made an emergency landing on the tracks at San Fernando Rd. and Osborne St., just before an oncoming train collided with the plane. pic.twitter.com/DDxtGGIIMo
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 10, 2022
The pilot was taken to the hospital. Metrolink spokeswoman Janette Flores said no one on the ground, nor any of the 66 passengers on board Metrolink train 266, was injured.
It was not immediately clear whether the conductor was alerted to the plane on the tracks before the train hit it.
The plane, built in 1967, took off from Whiteman Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials. Its registration is valid through May 2025 and it is owned by a resident of Santa Clarita.
The plane was still on the tracks at 3pm on Sunday. Parts of the plane’s engine and fuselage, as well as broken rail crossing signs, were scattered on the ground around the crash site. A small amount of fuel leaked out and was contained by firefighters.
The cause of the emergency landing is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The train involved in the crash was traveling from Lancaster to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Passengers who tried to take that route were given buses and Ubers to their destination, Flores said, after the route was closed at the scene of the collision.
Further information was not immediately released.
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