Incredible moment LAPD rescues bloodied pilot who crashed his small plane into train tracks

Moment LAPD snatches bloodied pilot from cockpit SECONDS before high-speed train smashes him to pieces after he crashes into train tracks

  • Officers managed to extract the pilot from the plane just seconds before he was hit by an oncoming train
  • Cessna 172 plane crash landed on train tracks outside Whiteman Airport in Los Angeles California
  • The pilot was hospitalized and his condition was not immediately known. No other injuries were reported

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This is the jaw-dropping moment Los Angeles police officers rescued a bloodied pilot from a small plane that crashed into train tracks seconds before being hit by an oncoming train on Sunday afternoon.

Officers removed the metal wreckage and pulled the unidentified pilot out of the destroyed Cessna 172, according to video shared by police.

They eventually rescued the pilot – who appeared unable to walk and had blood pouring from his head – and dragged him out into the street, away from the train tracks.

“Go, go, go, go, go,” an officer shouted. Six seconds later, an oncoming Metrolink train passed through the plane.

The pilot was taken to hospital in an unknown condition. No other injuries were reported and he was the only person on the plane, according to Sacramento station KCRA.

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Shocking video shows the moment Los Angeles police officers rescued a bloody pilot from a small plane that crashed into train tracks seconds before it was hit by an oncoming train on Sunday after- midday.

Officers removed metal wreckage and pulled an unidentified pilot from a wrecked Cessna 172, video shared by police shows

Officers removed metal wreckage and pulled an unidentified pilot from a wrecked Cessna 172, video shared by police shows

The pilot was unable to walk when officers pulled him from the wreckage and dragged him away from the plane.  He was then hospitalized

The pilot was unable to walk when officers pulled him from the wreckage and dragged him away from the plane. He was then hospitalized

They eventually save the pilot – who appears unable to walk and has blood pouring from his head – and drag him out into the street, away from the train tracks.

They eventually save the pilot – who appears unable to walk and has blood pouring from his head – and drag him out into the street, away from the train tracks.

Officers managed to pull him away from the wreckage near Whiteman Airport in Los Angeles, California, eight seconds before he was hit by an oncoming MetroLink train.

Officers managed to pull him away from the wreckage near Whiteman Airport in Los Angeles, California, eight seconds before he was hit by an oncoming MetroLink train.

The train finally crashed into the plane around 2:30 p.m., according to a report

The train finally crashed into the plane around 2:30 p.m., according to a report

The Federal Aviation Authority said the plane took off from Whiteman Airport in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles and crashed on the runways at 2:10 p.m. Sunday.

The crash site is just outside the airport perimeter, and it is unclear what caused it.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted on Sunday evening: “Officers from the Foothill Division demonstrated heroism and quick action in saving the life of a pilot who made an emergency landing on the train tracks. of San Fernando Rd. and Osborne St., just before an oncoming train collided with the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Officials said Metrolink service was disrupted and highway traffic was rerouted in the area, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Photos from the scene show the single-engine plane landed with its wing and nose touching the pavement alongside the train tracks, KCRA reports.

Cessna 172s are single-engine, four-seat aircraft. They range in price from $369,000 to $438,000 depending on upgrades, according to Flying magazine.

Los Angeles police officers rushed to help the pilot of a Cessna 172 after it crashed into train tracks as a MetroLink service approached at high speed on Sunday afternoon.

Los Angeles police officers rushed to help the pilot of a Cessna 172 after it crashed into train tracks as a MetroLink service approached at high speed on Sunday afternoon.

Officers removed metal wreckage and pulled an unidentified pilot from a wrecked Cessna 172, video shared by police shows

Officers removed metal wreckage and pulled an unidentified pilot from a wrecked Cessna 172, video shared by police shows

Officers acted quickly to get the pilot out of the plane six seconds before a train arrived

Officers acted quickly to get the pilot out of the plane six seconds before a train arrived

Police officers from Hero Los Angeles were seen dragging the man to safety in the jaw-dropping footage near Whiteman Airport on Sunday afternoon

Police officers from Hero Los Angeles were seen dragging the man to safety in the jaw-dropping footage near Whiteman Airport on Sunday afternoon

Hero Los Angeles police officers were filmed dragging the Cessna 172 pilot to safety moments before a train pulverized the plane's wreckage

Hero Los Angeles police officers were filmed dragging the Cessna 172 pilot to safety moments before a train pulverized the plane’s wreckage

The pilot was unable to walk when officers pulled him from the wreckage and dragged him away from the plane.  He was then hospitalized

The pilot was unable to walk when officers pulled him from the wreckage and dragged him away from the plane. He was then hospitalized

MetroLink service was disrupted and road traffic was diverted to the area after the accident

MetroLink service was disrupted and road traffic was diverted to the area after the accident

The plane had taken off from Whiteman Airport in the suburb of Pacoima, according to the FAA

The plane had taken off from Whiteman Airport in the suburb of Pacoima, according to the FAA

The plane is owned by a Santa Clarita resident and has valid registration until May 2025, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The plane crashed around 2:10 p.m. and was hit by the train about 20 minutes later.

It stayed on track at 3 p.m.

Parts of its engine and fuselage were strewn across the crash site, along with broken rail panels. Firefighters contained a small amount of fuel that escaped.

The pilot was taken to hospital, but his condition is unknown.

The LAPD and FAA did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.

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