(KTLA) – A pilot was hospitalized after crashing a small plane into train tracks in California on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The accident, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m. in Pacoima, involved a “small single-engine aircraft”, which was damaged while landing on the Metrolink Antelope Valley train tracks near Whiteman Airport, the LAFD said in a pair of alerts.
The pilot was pulled from the wreckage by Los Angeles Police Department officers moments before a commuter train passed and struck the plane, the LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau said on Twitter.
The Associated Press identified the plane as a Cessna 172.
The LAFD took the pilot to a regional trauma center for treatment, the department said.
Los Angeles County Public Works said on Twitter that the pilot suffered “minor injuries”.
Body camera footage of subject officers appears to show the pilot as a middle-aged man, but the pilot’s name, age, gender, and condition have yet to be released.
The plane had landed on the tracks at a railroad crossing a few blocks from the LAPD Foothills Division station, and officers were on the scene almost immediately.
Train and car traffic was restricted as authorities contained a minor fuel spill and investigated the scene, firefighters said. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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