Hollywood actor Harrison Ford has crashed his vintage World War II era training plance on a golf course in California at about 2:20 p.m. (5:20 p.m. ET) and was rescued breathing but badly battered, informed his son.
The 72-year-old actor was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery for head injury and a broken arm and his condition has been described as fair to moderate but not critical.
His son Ben Ford, who is a restaurateur in the area, 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.
Giving more details, Harrison Ford’s publicist Ina Teciokas told NBC News:”Hrrison 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.”
She said he was banged up while emergency-landing the plance and receiving medical care in the hospital.”The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”
Quoting an eye witness by name Howard Teba, an employee at Penmar Golf Course, NBC News said the employee had put a blanket under Ford’s hip. “There was blood all over his face… Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him,” he added.
The vintage plane is a single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR and it took off from Santa Monica Airport, and the pilot reported loss of engine power after take off and hit a tree while trying to return to the airport, said Patrick Jones, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.
In the past on October 23, 1999, Ford was involved in the crash of a Bell 206L4 LongRanger helicopter (N36R) over the Lake Piru riverbed near Santa Clarita, California, on a routine training flight. It crash-landed on riverbed but he and his instructor escaped unhurt. Ford is an honorary board member of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope.
Born on July 13, 1942, Harrison Ford hit fame with his roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic and became a global celebrity with the title character of the ‘Indiana Jones’ film series.
Spanning over six decades of career in Hollywood, he produced some of the best blockbusters like Apocalypse Now (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Blade Runner (1982), Presumed Innocent (1990), The Fugitive (1993), Air Force One (1997) and What Lies Beneath (2000).
In 1997, Ford was ranked No. 1 in Empire’s top “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” and as of 2008, the US domestic box office grosses of Ford’s films total over $3.5 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion, making him the fourth highest grossing box-office star. He is married to co-star Calista Flockhart.