LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Police officers rushed to the scene of a plane crash on January 9th to help the pilot. As officers got there, they were able to remove the pilot, literally seconds before a train destroyed what was left of the plane.
LAPD Saves Pilot From Train Crash, After Plane Landing Onto Railroad Tracks. https://t.co/RCmzo4qoCT
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 10, 2022
A pilot of a Cessna 172 had taken off shortly before the crash from the Whiteman Airport when the plane started having unknown malfunctions. The pilot was unable to keep the plane in the air and was forced to crash land.
The pilot was able to avoid hitting anyone on the streets but did crash into several railway crossing guards before the plane stopped on the railroad tracks at Osborne Street and San Fernando Road.
Witnesses called 911 to report that the downed plane was partially on the railway tracks.
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department received the call just after 2 pm and responded to the scene.
Officers requested their dispatch notify any incoming trains of the situation and to stop all traffic until the pilot could be evacuated and the wreckage removed.
Unfortunately, the word did not make it to the train driver who was barreling towards the downed plane with the pilot still on board. Officers realized there was a speeding train headed in their direction and began frantically trying to remove the pilot before the train killed him.
Ignoring their own safety, officers refused to leave the man and continued to work to get him free. The heroic actions of the officers, captured on video, paid off as they were able to free him seconds before the speeding train destroyed the plane.
Somebody get these officers a beer.https://t.co/evXJ9kTfPL
— Whiskey Riff (@WhiskeyRiff) January 10, 2022
The pilot was turned over to paramedics at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. He is expected to recover from what police are reporting as minor injuries sustained during the crash landing.
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted about the heroism the officers showed in the face of impending death. The tweet 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.”
Luis Jimenez, a music composer who was in the area at the time of the crash was able to capture the officer’s heroic actions on video. Jimenez said:
“The plane had a failed take-off and landed on the train tracks at a popular intersection. Just seconds before impact, police officers saved the pilot, and a piece of debris almost hit me.”
It is NOT your day when:
1. You crash your plane onto a railroad crossing;
2 A train hits the plane at full whack.
It IS your day (kind of) when:
1. Brave police officers pull you from the wreck just before the train hits. https://t.co/0BO6JDITGk
— Tinus Nel (@tytantinus) January 11, 2022
The crash investigation has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board who will determine the cause of the crash.
Additionally, they will also be trying to determine why the engineer of the Metrolink 266 was not notified of the impending danger.
Nikolas Lucky of OC Hawk News happened to be nearby after the crash and alleges he was able to speak to the engineer who was not identified. The engineer told Lucky that he never received a warning from his dispatch of the plane crash.
The engineer allegedly told Lucky that the train was traveling at 80 miles per hour at the time of impact. He was thankful that the officers were able to get the pilot out before his train struck the plane.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies Craig Carson and Mike Allred responded to the Beachline regarding a vehicle driving erratically.
The caller began following the vehicle when it exited the Beachline and headed toward Port Canaveral, Florida. That’s when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and drove right into a retention pond.
The caller said:
“It looks like it’s [the vehicle] going to go right into the lake. Oop, it’s in the lake. It’s occupied…Two elderly with a dog. Can’t get the passenger’s side open, it’s sinking.”
As the deputies arrived on scene, they saw the car in the water and immediately acted. Deputy Carson said:
“When I saw the car crash into the water, I jumped out, swam out there. I could hear them screaming. I got to the car, [they were screaming] ‘don’t let me die, don’t let me die.’ And God told me in the back of my heard you’re not going to let them die.”
The two deputies were able to make it to the sinking vehicle and retrieve both women and the dog and bring them to safety. After they reached the shore, deputies learned that the elderly driver was having some type of medical emergency.
Canaveral Fire Rescue responded and dealt with the emergency. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reported that both women and the dog are in good health.
Carson thanked God for putting everyone in place so that the two elderly women were able to be saved. He said:
“Thank God for putting all the people in the right places and thankful those people get to go home and have dinner with their family. And then show up to work the next day.”
Acts of heroism like this happen often in law enforcement and a similar incident occurred on December 10th just after 1 pm in Maryland.
There, the Hartford County Sheriff’s Office responded to Flying Point Park Marina to check on the wellbeing of a woman inside of a vehicle.
When the deputies arrived on the scene, they observed the vehicle on a boat ramp and partially submerged. Deputies tried to get the woman out of the vehicle before it entered the 40-degree temperature water with no success.
Hartford County Sheriff’s Office reported:
“It was at that time, four Hartford County Sheriff’s Deputies, Corporal Sanchez, Senior Deputy Mothershed, Deputy First Class Tatum, and Corporal Frederick, made the quick decision to risk their own personal safety and enter the water, to attempt a rescue.”
The deputies entered freezing waters and had to wade waist high to reach the woman and get her out of the vehicle. Once she was safe, the deputies and the woman were transported to a nearby hospital for exposure to the cold water.
Thankfully, all recovered from the freezing water exposure.
Hartford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler took the time to publicly laud his deputies and their efforts at saving a life. Gahler said:
“Deputies put on a uniform and go to work everyday to make a difference in the lives of citizens. I am proud of the work these men did to act quickly and save a life.”
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