Harrison Ford Injured In Plane Crash On California Golf Course

The vintage plane crashed at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. Ford's son tweeted that his father was "battered, but OK" at the hospital.

Harrison Ford survived a small plane crash Thursday in California shortly after takeoff.

The vintage plane crashed on Penmar Golf Course about 2:20 p.m.

Citing patient privacy laws, Los Angeles Fire Department officials did not confirm Ford's identity, but said Thursday that the pilot was about 70 years old and had been transported to a local hospital in "fair to moderate condition." Ford is 72.

Two bystanders rushed to his rescue immediately after the crash. The pilot was "alert, conscious, and breathing" when transported from the scene, officials said.

Ford suffered a broken arm after slamming into the plane's controls, NBC News reported. He underwent surgery Thursday.

Ford's son tweeted that his father was doing OK at the hospital.

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.

Frank Marshall, a producer on one of the Indiana Jones movies, also tweeted later Thursday that "Indy is fine."

In a statement issued to BuzzFeed News, Ford's publicist, Ina Treciokas, said the actor is expected to recover:

Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon takeoff. 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.

In audio from Santa Monica Airport, the pilot thought to be Ford can be heard radioing about "engine failure" and an "immediate return."


Patrick Jones of the National Transportation Safety Board said it was a "good thing" that the pilot survived.

"Any time a human being is in an accident [it] is a lucky individual," Jones said, adding that "it is unusual actually for pilots to lose their lives."

Jones also confirmed Thursday that the crash happened after the pilot reported having problems with the plane.

"The pilot reported a loss of engine power and was attempting to return to the runway," Jones said during a news conference. "It appears he clipped the top of a tree and came to rest on the golf course."

Officials did not say what might have caused the crash, but a witness told KTLA that the engine "went off and started sputtering again," then "completely went off."

According to NBC Los Angeles, Ford suffered cuts and possible bone fractures.

Multiple local media reported that there was only one person on board the plane.

The plane is a Ryan PT-22 Recruit, a World War II-era training aircraft. The plane is registered to a Delaware-based MG Aviation Inc., according to FAA records.

That is a definitely a plane in front of the 8th green at Penmar in Venice. Pilot allegedly walked away. Wow.

Ford is set to reprise his role as Han Solo in the next installment of Star Wars, due out in December. Disney confirmed to BuzzFeed News Thursday that Ford has already finished shooting his scenes for the movie.

Fwiw, a Disney rep just confirmed to me that Harrison Ford has completed his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Video taken just before the crash shows the plane descending toward the golf course.

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