It happened blocks away from the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill station on Osborne Street, near the Whiteman Airport.
The pilot was the sole occupant onboard, and was pulled from the aircraft - moments before the train came crashing in. The Los Angeles Police Department posted body camera footage of the incident as it was unfolding showing the officers pulling the pilot to safety.
A heartstopping rescue! #LAPD Foothill Division officers pull the pilot of a small plane out of his aircraft after a crash landing. The plane landed on Metrolonk tracks in #Pacoima. A train slamming into the wreckage moments after the rescue. 11pm@ABC7 pic.twitter.com/r3xr2rSavu— Amy Powell (@abc7amy) January 10, 2022
According to a tweet posted by the LAPD Valley Bureau, the plane had lost power and crashed onto the tracks.
Pacoima, Ca. Whiteman airport:— LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau (@LAPDOVB) January 9, 2022
Plane crash Osborn/SF road
Plane lost power, crashed onto tracks, #LAPD pulled pilot out just before approaching train collided with unoccupied plane
The pilot was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. No other injuries were reported.
The damaged plane remained on or near Metrolink Antelope Valley line train tracks, and all train movement was restricted in that area, the LAFD added. One or more lanes of San Fernando Road and Osborne Street were closed in the area while crews investigated the crash and conducted cleanup operations.
The incident remains under investigation.
City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.