Oh no! Harrison Ford was seriously injured after a small plane he was piloting crash-landed at a Los Angeles golf course. Is the ‘Star Wars’ actor OK? Here’s what we know.
How scary. Harrison Ford, 72, was seriously injured on March 5, when a small plane he was piloting took a nose dive and he crash-landed it at a Los Angeles golf course. The Star Wars actor survived the shocking crash, but he was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Harrison Ford Plane Crash — Actor Seriously Injured
The horrific news was first reported by TMZ, and Ford’s publicist confirmed that he was involved in the crash.
Harrison, who played Han Solo in multiple Star Wars films and starred in the Indiana Jones franchise, was piloting a vintage 2-seater fighter plane on March 5, when the engine failed and he crashed into Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California.
The actor reportedly suffered gashes to his head and was bleeding profusely when paramedics arrived on the scene. Luckily, there were two doctors on the golf course and they rushed over to help Harrison. He was then raced to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by emergency personnel.
“I was in my office when I heard a loud crash and when I went outside I saw the plane. Luckily there were two doctors who happened to be playing golf and went to help. Two ambulances arrived shortly after, followed by two fire trucks and the police,” Penmar Golf Course employee Ray Kaspari told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, before adding, “This isn’t the first time a small aircraft has crashed here. About five years ago, a plane crashed into the trees close to where Harrison Ford’s plane crashed.”
“Two bystanders, whom we believe were playing golf, pulled Harrison from the wreckage,” PIO Peter Sanders from the Los Angeles Fire Dept. also told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Fire Department said Harris is now in “fair to moderate” condition, according to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Variety.
Harrison’s son, Ben Ford, just tweeted:
At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.
— Chef Ben Ford (@ChefBenFord) March 6, 2015
Harrison’s rep told HollywoodLife.com, “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”
Harrison Ford’s Crash — More Details
Christian Fry, VP of Santa Monica Airport Association, gave HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVE details about the crash:
“We won’t know the specifics [about why the plane crashed] quite some time — until the FAA releases all that data, but my understanding is that there was some sort of power failure or engine trouble at take-off. The pilot (Harrison Ford) was able to execute a turn back towards the airport, but decided it was in his best interest to land on the golf course, so he made a forced landing here at the Penmar Golf course and it looks like he did a beautiful job getting the plane down and out of harms way for any bystanders. It is my understanding he was alone in the plane. It’s a unique vintage airplane. It was a World War 2 military trainer called a PT 2 built and designed in the ’30’s — a unique airplane for sure, but like most warbirds that we see in and out of Santa Monica airport, it was beautifully maintained and a really unique airplane. If you look at the hundred year history of the Santa Monica airport, on average, we have an incident like this here once every 18 months. But when you think about the frequency with which you have traffic accidents, it’s very small and again, here we had a very knowledgable pilot who used that knowledge to do the right thing and put the plane down out of harms way on the golf course. That’s one of the big advantages of the Santa Monica airport — we have this big open space directly adjacent to the airport.”
Our thoughts go out to Harrison and his loved ones during this difficult time. We wish him a speedy recovery.
— Chris Rogers, Reporting by Sandra Clark