Pilot rescued before train slammed into crashed plane is recovering from freak accident

Pilot rescued before train slammed into crashed plane is recovering from freak accident


The former Air Force fighter pilot who was rescued seconds before a train plowed into his crashed plane is recovering from severe injuries after his harrowing, caught-on-camera ordeal, his family said.

Mark Jenkins, 70, will need several facial reconstructive surgeries after he crash-landed his Cessna 172 onto railroad tracks in Pacoima, California, on Sunday afternoon, KNBC-TV reported.

“He’s suffered pretty significant damage to his face, a lot of broken bones. He’s also got broken ribs,” Jankins’ stepson-in-law Dan Mortensen the news station.

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His family said Jenkins is a veteran and bought the plane about 20 years ago.

“He was a fighter pilot for the Air Force. He’s a very experienced pilot,” Mortenson told KNBC.

Police said Jenkins was the sole occupant of the

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