Actor Harrison Ford in Hospital After California Plane CrashChristopher Palmeri and Lucas Shaw
“Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford was in stable condition after his plane crash-landed Thursday on a golf course near the Santa Monica Airport in California.
The small aircraft went down on the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a Twitter posting on Thursday. The single-engine plane held one male occupant who was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, police spokeswoman Nuria Venegas said in a telephone interview.
“At the hospital,” Ford’s son Ben said in a Twitter posting. “Dad is OK. Battered, but OK! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”
The crash occurred at about 2:20 p.m. local time, Patrick Butler, assistant chief at the fire department, said at a press conference.
“We are very thankful that the passenger had moderate injuries,” Butler said. “These generally turn out quite dramatic.”
Ford stars in the Walt Disney Co.’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is expected to be one of the year’s biggest movies. Principal filming was completed in November, according to Imdb.com.
The picture, set for release in December, is among a series of “Star Wars” films that Burbank, California-based Disney plans to release over the next several years. Ford played Han Solo starting in the first film in 1977.
“Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” Ina Treciokas, a publicist for the 72-year-old actor, wrote in an e-mail. “He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”
No one else was injured, according to a fire department blog post. The website TMZ posted pictures of the wreckage. The crash occurred near the eighth hole, Larry Cloud, president of Penmar Golf Club, said in a telephone interview. He wasn’t on the scene and couldn’t confirm the pilot’s identity.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, according to the fire department.
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