Harrison Ford Talks Star Wars and Opens Up About His Plane Crash: ‘This Was … – People Magazine

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015
Harrison Ford has opened up about his near-fatal accident for the first time in detail, seven months after his vintage plane crashed at a L.A. golf course.

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.”

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.

A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board named engine malfunction as the cause of the crash landing.

Ford made a full recovery, returning to the pilot seat as early as May, and surprising Star Wars fans with his unexpected appearance at Comic-Con in July.

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.

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