According to the recent news update, a pilot who crashed a small plane into the tracks of railroads was luckily pulled alive from the wreckage by the group of police officers in Los Angeles just moments before a commuter train was passing through, according to authorities.
The video about the harrowing rescue of the pilot was found where the officers are evidently pulling the bloodied man to the safety just a few seconds before the commuter train started blaring its horn, and smashed into Cessna 172 into pieces.
The plane was found to be crashed around 2:10 p.m. Sunday, shortly right after the takeoff from the Whiteman Airport in the San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The timestamp on a police officer’s body camera shows the train smashing the plane at 2:15 p.m.
According to the ABC News, “The plane had landed on the tracks at a railroad crossing just blocks from the LAPD’s Foothills Division station, and officers were on the scene almost immediately.”
It was further added by the news outlet that, “CBSN Los Angeles said four officers managed to extricate the pilot and drag him onto the pavement. The station identified them as Damien Castro, Christopher Aboyte, Robert Sherock and Sgt. Joseph Cavestany.”
Based on the information, it gives an unclear picture as how much time passed before the authorities of the LA realized that the plane was found to be on the tracks or exactly when the police give an alarm that someone was hit and inside the plane. However, it was quickly realized that they have no time to spare.
“I had requested Metrolink to cease all train activity, but apparently that didn’t happen,” Cavestany said.
The pilot, the only person on board, was transported in unknown condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. No other injuries were reported.
“Seeing what happened, I’m grateful to be alive. I’m grateful the pilot survived as well,” Sherock said.