Harrison Ford injured in vintage fighter plane crash
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ACTOR Harrison Ford has been injured when the vintage fighter plane he was flying in crash landed on a Los Angeles golf course.
The TMZ website reports the 72-year-old actor survived the dramatic crash of the two-seater ex--military training aircraft when it suffered a mechanical failure and was forced to make an emergency landing on the Penmar golf course in Venice, CA.
TMZ reports the actor sustained gashes to his head while NBC 4 Southern California says he is also believed to have suffered fractures.
An initial hospital report says the actor was alert and conscious, suffering “moderte” trauma.
Two doctors playing nearby reportedly rushed to the scene and tended the wounds of the famous actor from films such as Star Wars, Blade Runner and Indiana Jones.
He has since been rushed to the Reagan ULC hospital.
The Ryan PT-22 aircraft crashed on the golf course just west of the Santa Monica airport shortly after takeoff, Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration told NBC News.
The Los Angeles police department confirmed details of the crash, but not the pilot’s identity.
“We can confirm that there was a plane crash and the male occupant was a 65-70-years-old man,” police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas said in a statement.
“He was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The incident was reported at 2:25pm, it was mechanical failure of plane, that’s what caused the accident.”
Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, told NBC News: ‘There was blood all over his face ... Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.”
He added the actor appeared to have been flying solo.
Ford recently told US ABC’s Barbara Walters that he “loved the freedom of flight.”
“I love the places you go,” he said. “I love the people in aviation, the people that I meet in aviation. I love seeing the world from an airplane. I’m in love with flying.”
The actor in June last year broke his leg while filming on the set of Star Wars Episode VII
Ford is a private pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters
Ford has personally provided emergency helicopter services at the behest of local authorities, in one instance rescuing a hiker overcome by dehydration.
Harrison Ford was involved in the crash of a helicopter on October 23, 1999.
An air safedy accident report states that Ford was flying over Lake Piruriverbed near Santa Clarita, California, on a training flight.
While making his second attempt at practicing an emergency procedure, the helicopter dropped to 150–200 feet. The helicopter aircraft was unable to recover and hit the ground.
Both Ford and the instructor pilot escaped uninjured.
Asked about the incident in an interview on the TV show Inside the Actor’s Studio, Ford replied, “I broke it.”