The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that happened in Pacoima on Sunday where the pilot was rescued by LAPD before his downed aircraft was struck by an oncoming train.
The accident occurred shortly after the pilot, flying solo, departed Whiteman Airport in Pacoima shortly after 2:10 p.m. The crash occurred on the railroad tracks several blocks from the department’s Foothill Division station.
Video from a police body-cam showed four officers — who arrived on-scene of the accident almost immediately —extracting the injured pilot from the damaged cockpit of the Cessna 172 aircraft and dragging him onto the pavement before a Metrolink train hit the grounded plane at 2:15 p.m.
The pilot, who has yet to be identified, was taken to a hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department first responders.