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LA police pull pilot from plane moments before train hits it

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Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-10 11:21:14-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police body-camera video shows a harrowing rescue in California, where a small plane crashed on railroad tracks shortly after takeoff from a suburban Los Angeles airfield.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna crashed Sunday afternoon and a commuter train came roaring roaring through just minutes later. Luckily a police station was only blocks away, and four officers disentangled the bloodied pilot from the cockpit moments before the train smashed the plane to pieces.

A police sergeant who joined the rescue says he requested for the train to be stopped, but that there may not have been enough time.

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L.A. police pull pilot from plane moments before train hits it