Update: Harrison Ford‘s rep tells Us Weekly he’s expected to make a full recovery. “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” his rep explains in a statement to Us. “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.”
During a live press conference, National Transportation Safety Board officials said that Harrison, who they didn’t identify by name, reported loss of engine power and appeared to have clipped the top of a tree and came to rest on the golf course. NTSB also said they “believe he is going to survive.”
Ford‘s son Ben Ford also tweeted that his father is doing okay following the crash. “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,” he wrote.
Han Solo’s luckily safe and sound. Harrison Ford was piloting a small vintage yellow fighter plane in Venice, Calif., on Thursday, Mar. 5, when he had to unexpectedly crash-land on a golf course, TMZ reports.
Ford, 72, has reportedly suffered multiple gashes to his head and was seen bleeding on the scene. Two doctors treated him on the golf course before emergency personnel arrived.
The Los Angeles Fire Department tells Us Weekly that the plane landed on Penmar Golf Course before 2:30 p.m, and the individual involved had multiple lacerations. NBC reports that the crash occurred shortly after takeoff and no one else was injured. The pilot was “alert and conscious” before being taken to a nearby hospital. Authorities say he is now in fair to moderate condition.
The Indiana Jones star, married to actress Calista Flockhart since 2010, previously had to crash-land twice before. In October 2009, he had to crash-land during a training flight near L.A. In June 2000, he was left unharmed when shifting winds tossed his plane off the runway in Nebraska.
Back in 2008, Ford spoke to Barbara Walters about his love for flying. “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.”
Ford more recently suffered an injury while shooting Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in June 2014. At the time, the actor hurt his ankle and was later seen walking on crutches.
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