The pilot of a small plane is lucky to be alive after not only surviving a plane crash, but also another near-death experience moments after his plane crash-landed onto train tracks in California. The terrifying accident took place Sunday after a Cessna 172 suffered engine failure upon takeoff at Whiteman Airport and went down.
The plane crash-landed on some nearby commuter tracks. The Police Department’s Foothill Division happened to be blocks away, and officers arrived on scene almost immediately, according to the reports.
A request was put in to halt train activity, but for some reason that request wasn’t fulfilled.
As officers tried to keep the pilot conscious, they heard bells and whistles warning them of an oncoming commuter train.
Bodycam footage captured the harrowing moments officers pulled the pilot to safety.
“Go, go, go!” someone could be heard saying.
The officers rushed to pull the bloodied pilot out of the damaged plane before the train came barreling down the tracks.
Thankfully they were able to drag him away from the crash site moments before the train slammed into the wreckage.
“It happened so fast, we didn’t really have that much time to think,” Officer Damian Castro said, according to reports. “All I could think was try to get this man to safety, didn’t really want to look back to see how far the train was coming, you could hear it coming,”
“It was a close call, I’m just grateful we all made it all out OK. It was just unbelievable.”
The pilot, who has been identified as 70-year-old Mark Jenkins is currently recovering and awaiting surgery.
“He’s suffered pretty significant damage to his face, a lot of broken bones. He’s also got broken ribs,” Dan Mortensen, the pilot’s step-son-in-law, said.
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. pic.twitter.com/DDxtGGIIMo— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 10, 2022