A man has been saved from near-death by police officers in Los Angeles after he crash-landed his plane onto railway tracks seconds before it was hit by a train.

According to the LAPD officials, the plane crash-landed just blocks away from the police department's Foothill station on Osborne street near the Whiteman Airport.

it is thought the downed plane had crashed shortly after take-off in the pacoima neighborhood, according to local media.

The officers and pilot are seen just a few feet away from the tracks when the passing train destroys the plane.

'The plane had a failed takeoff and landed on the train tracks at a popular intersection,' said Luis Jimenez, the 21-year-old music composer who filmed the video.

“ Just seconds before impact police officers saved the pilot, and a piece of debris almost hit me. ” The extraordinary incident took place in the Pacoima neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Sunday.

Dramatic bodycam footage of the moment LAPD officers saved the man from certain death was posted on the force's Twitter account.

Officers pried away the metal wreckage and pull out an unidentified pilot from a destroyed Cessna 172, according to video shared by police

the plane had lost power and crashed onto the tracks.

The Los Angeles Police Department applauded its officers, saying in the tweet they had "displayed heroism and quick action by saving the life of a pilot who made an emergency landing on the railroad tracks".

The pilot was treated for cuts and bruises and is in a stable condition, according to local media.

No one on the train was injured.

Los Angeles police officers rushed to help the pilot of a Cessna 172 after he crashed on to train tracks as a MetroLink service approached at speed on Sunday afternoon

los angeles police released bodycam video of the incident that occurred at around 2pm on sunday, where several officers are seen racing to free the pilot from the crashed plane.

'Go, go, go, go, go,' an officer shouts.

Exactly five seconds later, the fast-moving Metrolink train tears into the crashed plane's remains, blasting debris in all directions.

and Osborne St., just before an oncoming train collided with the aircraft. '

Officers saved the pilot from certain death (Picture: LAPD)

It remained on the tracks at 3pm.

Debris flies everywhere as the plane is completely taken out by the oncoming train, which is travelling at a fast speed and sounding its horn.

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