Harrison Ford, Injured in Plane Crash, Has Had Brushes With Danger Before – NBCNews.com
It looked like a scene in a Harrison Ford action blockbuster.
But when Ford crashed a vintage plane onto a California golf course on Thursday, it wasn’t Han Solo in the cockpit — and it wasn’t the first time the iconic actor has had brushes with danger in real life.
Ford, 72, has a broken arm and a gash on his head after his World War II training plane crash-landed in Los Angeles, but he has no life-threatening injuries.
Here are some other close calls and sticky situations the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” leading man has managed to get himself into — and out of:
- In 1964, while racing to a department store job in Orange County, California, and trying to buckle his seat belt, Ford’s car crashed into a telephone pole. He got his signature scar on his face from the accident.
- A fan of doing his own stunt work, Ford injured his back in 1983 while filming “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and damaged ligaments in his leg while making “The Fugitive” in 1993.
- Ford trained to be a pilot in the 1950s, according to the Associated Press. Thursday’s engine power failure wasn’t his first time having trouble in the skies: In 1999, he crash-landed a helicopter in Ventura County, California, during a training flight with an instructor.
- Ford has used his helicopter twice for search-and-rescues near his part-time home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the year 2000, he rescued a dehydrated hiker from Table Mountain in Teton County, Wyoming, and flew her to the hospital, and in 2001, Ford spotted a 13-year-old Boy Scout who was lost outside Yellowstone National Park.
- While piloting a Beechcraft Bonanza in 2000, Ford was forced to make an emergency landing at Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska. He and his passenger weren’t hurt, but the plane clipped the runway, which damaged its wing tips.
- In 2014, part of the set fell on Ford while he was filming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” It broke Ford’s leg, and he needed surgery — but he was back on set after just a brief hiatus.
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—Elizabeth Chuck with The Associated Press