Hollywood actor, Harrison Ford crashed the single-engine World War II-era training plane that he was piloting on a golf course in Venice, California, shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica airport on Thursday, March 5th.
The 72-year-old actor is “battered, but okay”, according to his son, Ben Ford. He tweeted from the hospital.
Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas said his plane had engine trouble upon takeoff and he had to make an emergency landing. She also said that he was “banged up”, but walked away from the accident. The Los Angeles Police Department said that there was one other occupant in the aircraft, but would not identify him. Apparently, the injured man was taken to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in stable condition. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that he suffered “fair to moderate injury” in what it described as a “medium to high impact on the grass at Penmar Golf Course.”
Ford is also in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Ford had walked away from another crash as well. In an interview with the National Geographic in 2008, he described walking away from a helicopter crash after mechanical failure that had left the helicopter “not quite intact”.
“It was more or less a hard landing,” Ford said. “Luckily, I was with another aviation professional and neither of us were hurt – and both of us are still flying.”
We wish Harrison Ford a speedy recovery!