Los Angeles Police Rescue Injured Pilot Mere Seconds Before Train Slams Into Downed Plane: VIDEO

by Michael Freeman
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It’s one thing to hear about last-second rescues and another entirely to see it yourself. After a downed plane landed onto train tracks, Los Angeles Police rescued the injured pilot seconds before a train collided with it, and it’s all on video.

Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles police officers responded to a pilot having to conduct an emergency landing. With nowhere else to go, he landed on a nearby train track. However, things took a turn for the worst because his injuries prevented him from leaving and a train would soon collide with the aircraft. Luckily, as shown in the video shared by the LAPD Twitter account, officers saved him just in time.

“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,” the tweet reads.

The incident transpired inPacoma around 2 p.m., police report. The pilot shown in the video was the only occupant, who was forced to land after it lost power.

The video is making waves online, with the tweet above receiving nearly 25,000 likes alone. People are pouring in their praise for the officers both for their quick-thinking and heroism.

Though the direct timeline between the plane landing and the train coming isn’t known, one Twitter user speculates it’s about five minutes. “Timeline is tough but there appear to have been at least 5 minutes between crash and the train,” they wrote.

German Shepherd Leads Police to Their Owner’s Car Crash

Police helped the downed pilot escape a collision with a train, but another recent incident saw a dog leading police to a crash. After her owner crashed while driving on the highway, a German Shepherd led New Hampshire police back to the site.

In Lebanon, New Hampshire, police encountered Tinsley, a dog they believed to be lost. As it turns out, Tinsley was on a mission to save her owner. Every time police tried to corral her, she ran away, eventually leading them to damaged guardrails. New Hampshire State Police Lt. Daniel Baldassare said she was “Almost alerting them to what was off the roadway, where they discovered a truck which had been overturned with two gentlemen that were ejected from the vehicle.”

Cam Laundry, Tinsley’s owner, was behind the wheel of the overturned truck. “At that time, there was some hypothermia had set in,” Baldassare told WMUR News. “It’s unclear how long they were out of the vehicle for. The dog also was wet, so you can tell it’d been outside for a little bit.”

Luckily, both Laundry and his passenger were unharmed and taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.