A pilot is lucky to be alive after some quick-thinking LAPD officers dragged him off the rails just moments before an oncoming train collision with a crash plane.
The pilot made an emergency landing in the Valley on Sunday, which of course triggered a police and fire response. Fortunately for the pilot, the officers were on time to save their lives.
As you can see in the body cam video, the pilot was stunned and almost completely out of it … but only seconds before the plane and the passenger train collided, officers were able to pull him out.
The four officers are heroes Damien Castro, Christopher Aboit, Robert Sherrock And Sgt. Joseph Cavestany.
The LAPD tweeted, “Shortly before the oncoming train collision, pedestrian officers demonstrated bravery and swift action, saving the life of an emergency landlord pilot on the train tracks at San Fernando Road and Osborne St.”
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Whiteman Airport around 2:10 pm … and the train crashed into the plane at around 2:15 pm, according to police body cam footage.
The pilot was alone on the plane in the fall. Apparently, the plane landed near the LAPD station, and officers were able to immediately get to the incident site and pull the pilot out of the plane and onto the sidewalk.
Fortunately, the pilot is expected to make a full recovery.