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.
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