News is in that Hollywood actor Harrison Ford has survived a plane crash on a Los Angeles golf course.
As WNCN reports, the actor narrowly escaped serious injury in the crash in Venice, California, on Thursday, March 5, when the vintage plane Ford was flying lost engine power while cruising at 3,000 feet over nearby homes. The A-list actor’s extensive piloting skills saw him bring the plane down only a quarter of a mile from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport runway, unfortunately hitting a tree in the process. It is said Ford suffered a cut to the forehead and a potentially broken leg, but remained conscious.
As the Telegraph reports, Harrison Ford has been praised for pulling the failing plane away from nearby houses. At 2:20 p.m. yesterday afternoon, the Star Wars actor had only just taken off in the World War II trainer before the engine failure that caused him to crash-land the plane on the Penmar Municipal Golf Course (apparently, just by the eighth tee). As the Inquisitr reported, one bystander claimed that “there was blood dripping down his face” from where “a swathe of his skin was missing”.
Another onlooker at the golf course, Eileen Miller, recounted the event.
“He had a significant head wound. He asked someone to hold his legs up and people were just saying ‘You’re OK, the fire department is on its way’.”
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 6, 2015
Thursday’s plane crash is not the first that Harrison has survived. As the Guardian reported back in 2000, the actor crashed in Nebraska that year due to adverse weather, and several months earlier had aborted a helicopter test flight due to unforeseen problems. This isn’t the first time the Indiana Jones actor has recently suffered damage to his legs. BBC News reported last June that while filming Star Wars: Episode VII, Ford broke his ankle in the door of Hans Solo’s aircraft, the Millennium Falcon, at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. The movie is due to be released on December 18 this year.
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As the New York Daily News reported, other celebrity pilots have been involved in private plane crashes in the past, including the late Patrick Swayze, who on a flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas lost pressure and hit a telephone pole before gliding to a stop on a nearby street.
He may have just survived a plane crash, but 72-year old Harrison Ford is quite the hero in aviation. In 2001, as ChaCha reported, while flying his helicopter over Yellowstone National Park, Ford found a lost 13-year-old Boy Scout. He’d also previously located two young women who’d become lost while hiking on Idaho’s Table Mountain. Further, Ford has helped deliver aid by plane and helicopter to those in need, such as after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
— E! Online (@eonline) March 6, 2015
It is hoped and thought that Ford will quickly recover from the injuries he sustained when the two-seater 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR crashed. It is, of course, lucky that the admired actor survived a plane crash such as this. His fans and the general public wish him a speedy recovery.
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