Los Angeles plane crash causes collision with train
A commuter train passing through the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles collided with a crashed plane resting on the tracks.
The plane was struck by the train around 2 p.m. on January 10, just moments after the Los Angeles Police Department removed the pilot from the wreckage. No casualties were reported as of January 15.
“It happened so fast, we didn’t really have much time to think,” officer Damian Castro told CNN. “All I could think of was ‘trying to get this man to safety.’ I didn’t really want to look back to see how far the train was coming, you could hear it coming.
The private single-engine Cessna 172 took off from Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, quickly lost power and crashed into the tracks.
After the rescue, the pilot was taken to a regional trauma center by Los Angeles Fire Department. Body camera footage from the officers involved shows a middle-aged pilot, although the individual’s identity or details of his injuries have not yet been released. The pilot complained to authorities of a headache during the rescue, but was otherwise conscious and lucid.
“I hope that’s all he had,” Aboyte told CNN. “He had lacerations on his face but I don’t know the extent of those injuries but he was conscious and talking to me and he knew full well where he was and what happened.”
The crash resulted in a small fuel spill, causing traffic and subway restrictions until firefighters brought the spill under control.
CNN and other news outlets have contacted Metrolink for updates on the status of passengers and crew on the train. No response has been recorded as of January 15.