Harrison Ford reported engine failure before crash-landing on golf course – Fox News

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015

Actor Harrison Ford was injured when his two-seater vintage plane crash-landed on a golf course Thursday, shortly after he reported engine failure and told air-traffic controllers he was returning to the airport, news reports said.

In a communication with the tower at Santa Monica Airport, Ford, 72, said he was having engine failure and was making an “immediate return,” according to The Associated Press. The plane crashed at Penmar golf course in Venice California soon after.

L.A. Fire Dept. spokesman Patrick Butler said that a man approximately 70-years-old was taken to a local hospital in fair-to-moderate condition, and was alert and breathing. Officials would not confirm the victim was Ford for privacy reasons, but a source at the scene confirmed to MyFoxLA that Ford was involved in the crash.

Butler said that the pilot was found outside the plane and was initially rescued by bystanders before paramedics arrived. They administered spinal mobilization and started an IV treatment.

TMZ reported that Ford had multiple gashes to the head and was bleeding when two nearby doctors at the golf course rushed over to treat the actor.

Ford is known for his roles as Han Solo in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, and his titular role in the “Indiana Jones” movie series.

An email to his representative sent by FoxNews.com was not immediately returned.

Jeff Kuprycz told The Associated Press he was golfing when he saw the plane taking off.

“Immediately you could see the engine started to sputter and just cut out, and he banked sharply to the left,” he said. “He ended up crashing around the eighth hole.”

Kuprycz said the plane was about 200 feet overhead when it plunged to the ground.

“There was no explosion or anything. It just sounded like a car hitting the ground or a tree or something. Like that one little bang, and that was it,” Kuprycz said.

Ford was hospitalized in 2012 after injuring his ankle in an accident on the London set of “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

He’s been married since 2010 to “Ally McBeal” actress Calista Flockhart.

Ford got his pilot’s license in the late 1980s and has served as a spokesman to various airline associations. In 2009, he stepped down as chairman of a youth program for the Experimental Aircraft Association.

His flying made headlines in 2001 when he rescued a missing Boy Scout on his helicopter.

Nearly a year before, he rescued an ailing mountain climber in Jackson, Wyoming. He has also volunteered his services during forest-fire season, when rescue helicopter are busy fighting blazes.

The actor has said his rescues “had nothing to do with heroism.”

“It had to do with flying a helicopter. That’s all,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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