Harrison Ford Hospital: Actor Released From Hospital Following Plane Crash, Spotted Driving In LA
Harrison Ford has been released from the hospital three weeks after he survived a plane crash and was recently seen out and about in Los Angeles.
The 72-year-old actor was reportedly flying his yellow vintage 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR plane earlier this month when he had to crash-land on a golf course due to the engine stopping. Luckily, he was able to land the plane in an area free from any houses.
Shortly after takeoff, Harrison could be heard on a recording signaling to the Santa Monica Airport that something was wrong and requesting an emergency landing. “Engine failure, immediate return,” Ford could be heard saying, according to The Telegraph.
Christian Fry of the Santa Monica Airport Association described Ford’s landing as “absolutely beautifully executed… by an unbelievably well trained pilot, which is the kind of thing we like to see out of the Santa Monica Airport.”
“He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care,” Ina Treciokas, Ford’s spokesperson, said in a statement.
Ford was initially given first aid by doctors who happened to be on the golf course at the time. He was later transferred to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where he was listed as being in fair-to-moderate condition.
Although his injuries were not life threatening, he did receive a large laceration to his scalp and broken bones in his pelvis and ankle. Doctors expect Harrison to make a full recovery, but he may need to continue therapy for his injuries.
“The therapy is primarily stabilisation exercises and also gait training, like actually getting the patient up and moving again – pretty much just learning how to walk while minimizing the pain,” said Dr Beny Charchian, founder of the Joint and Spine Institute in Beverly Hills, according to People Magazine.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Ford’s wife, actress Calista Flockhart, is said to have been by his bedside through the entire ordeal and will continue to do so while he recovers in the comfort of his own home.
“She [would] drop Liam off in the morning and then spend hours with Harrison,” a source told the publication. “She [brought] him food and reading material.”
As an avid aircraft enthusiast, Ford recently provided the narration for an upcoming National Geographic documentary about aviation, Living in the Age of Airplanes. The documentary is set for release on April 10 in IMAX theaters.
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