Harrison Ford has been injured in a plane crash landing on Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. The vintage single engine plane (Ryan PT-22 Recruit) he was flying apparently had mechanical issues which forced it down onto the golf course. This was shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport.
Although it is said that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing; this might not be the case as it is being reported by Variety that the actor/pilot is in serious medical condition. Ford, who will be seen reprising the role of Han Solo later this year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, apparently walked away from the crash before being treated by two physicians and then taken to the hospital.
An employee at the golf course named Howard Tabe recounted the incident to NBC News saying “There was blood all over his face.” He also mentioned that “Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.” NBC is also reporting that his condition is serious with potential fractures and lacerations to the head.
That is a definitely a plane in front of the 8th green at Penmar in Venice. Pilot allegedly walked away. Wow. pic.twitter.com/2OXYJOdBu1
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) March 5, 2015
Harrison Ford is a well-known pilot of both airplanes and helicopters. He has been in crashes before. A more serious one occurred in 1999 when the helicopter he was piloting went down.
Audio of the moments before the crash has now been released. A request for “immediate return” can be heard due to “engine failure.” Harrison Ford’s condition is now being listed as “fair” to “moderate” according to Patrick Butler of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Ford’s son tweeted from 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.”
“Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad.”
Another person connected to the Ford family told NBC LA that Harrison Ford is expected to make a complete recovery.