He escaped death twice in a matter of seconds.
A pilot was taken out of the cockpit of his plane this Sunday after having made an emergency landing on a railroad and just seconds before the aircraft was hit by a speeding train.
The event occurred in The Angels (California), when a small single-engine plane made a descent on the railroad track, after losing power, according to the police.
Videos recorded by witnesses to the incident show the exact moment in which the pilot is dragged by several police officers away from the aircraft, which about four seconds later is run over by a train.
The recording also allows us to hear the voices of the police shouting “let’s go, let’s go, let’s go”, while the horn is heard from the train approaching.
The pilot, who has not been identified, was described by Los Angeles Times What a man in his 70s. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.
According to Luis Jiménez, one of the witnesses to the accident, The New York TimesHe and other people at the scene rushed to help the pilot, who was conscious but in shock after landing. But, once the police and firefighters arrived, they had to leave the place.
A video recorded by Jiménez shortly afterwards shows how the plane was destroyed after being hit by the train and how its debris flew out in all directions.