Police Rescue Pilot Who Landed On Train Tracks Moments Before Being Destroyed By Train
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Tense footage has been shared showing the moment a pilot was pulled from a plane after it had landed on train tracks. Watch the rescue below:
Officers from the LAPD raced to the scene after receiving reports that a single-engine airplane had crashed onto the tracks in Pacoima at about 2pm yesterday (9 January).
The man, who has not yet been named, was barely conscious when police arrived, with blood seen pouring down his face and his clothes.
In footage shared by the police department, officers can be seen attempting to pull the man out of the aircraft as a fast-moving train approaches further down the tracks.
After a few seconds, they are able to free him from the pilot's seat.
As they pull him out, one of the officers shouts: "Go, go, go, go!"
And just a couple of seconds later, a huge train ploughs into the wreckage, destroying it and sending shrapnel flying through the air and narrowly missing on-lookers.
The man was rushed to a trauma centre, where his condition is currently unknown.
Sharing a video from the rescue mission to its Twitter account, the LAPD praised the bravery of its officers.
A spokesperson said: "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."
It's understood that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
Los Angeles Fire Department also attended the crash.
Following the crash, the authorities confirmed that Metrolink train service were halted and road traffic was diverted in the area about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Over the weekend it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was investigating a plane crash involving YouTuber Trevor Jacob.
This comes as fans speculate that the 28-year-old was faking the whole thing.
The snowboarder told his 127,000 subscribers that he was flying to Mammoth Lakes to spread the ashes of a friend.
He was believed to have taken off from Lompoc Airport on 24 November, whilst the crash was said to have occurred in Los Padres National Forest near Cuyama, California.
The footage shows Jacob stuck in mid air after the engine allegedly fails and forces him to take action.
The YouTuber opts to open the plane door in mid air and jump to safety with the help of his parachute.
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