The 73-year-old actor – who is an experienced pilot – appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (dressed as a hot dog) for the late night show’s Star Wars-themed Halloween episode.
“Yeah I remember. Not all of it, I remember some of it,” Ford began recalling the March accident.
“I remember the engine stopping, I remember that part very well. And then I remember the tower, I remember their suggestion. Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew I wasn’t going to do that, so I said no. And that’s the last thing that I remember until five days afterwards actually.”
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In air traffic control audio, the star can be heard reporting his emergency, saying “Engine failure, requesting immediate return.” Air traffic controllers responded, “Clear to land.” Later, a controller reports: “It looked like it was short of the runway.”
Ford revealed that he has retrograde amnesia, a loss of memory-access to events that occurred before an injury – according to his doctors.
“Was it like being in a movie?” Kimmel asked as the Star Wars icon replied, “this was not a movie.”
When the emcee inquired, “You landed on a golf course did you yell ‘fore’ as you came down?” Ford made light of his crash and joked: “For…d!”
The father of five suffered critical injuries including a large laceration on his scalp as well as broken bones, and he remained hospitalized for almost a month.
On the subject of the new Star Wars Ford avoided telling any spoilers, saying: “What is there to say? I want the audience to experience it, I don’t want them to hear anything.” However, he did admit to injuring himself on the door of the Millennium Falcon on-set.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015.