Reports that Harrison Ford crashed a wedding in the summer surfaced this week. To make up for the inconvenience, the actor gave the bride and groom the ultimate gift.
After the infamous plane crash in March of this year — where he suffered extensive and serious injuries — Harrison Ford went back to doing one of his favorite things: flying. According to Us Weekly, the accidental landing happened at Saddlerock Rock Ranch in Malibu, California, in August — just a few months after he crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles Gold course.
Harrison Ford didn’t realize there was a wedding going on when he landed his helicopter in the middle of the ceremony at the idyllic place. A witness related what happened when the Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor made an impromptu appearance.
“The reception was about to be held in the same area where they allow choppers to land,” the onlooker said.
In true Harrison Ford style, the veteran star had the ultimate wedding gift for the newlyweds: a picture with the bride and groom and an apology for the rude interruption.
Whether the guests thought this was a scripted event, we don’t know, but surely all those attending the special day were stunned to see one of the most famous Hollywood stars get out of the chopper. This time, the incident didn’t result in any injuries for the 73-year-old actor, but it brought back memories of the near-fatal day.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board report on Harrison Ford’s crash released in August, the reason for the accident was not pilot error but a faulty carburetor, which should have provided “a constant mixture ratio over the cruising range of engine operating speeds.”
Following the plane crash, Harrison Ford told NTSB investigators his plane lost power on March 5 shortly after taking off from the airport and crashed as he was trying to get back to the facility, the Los Angeles Times reported in August.
“The pilot reported… the engine experienced a loss of power. He stated that he did not attempt an engine restart but maintained an airspeed of 85 mph and initiated a left turn back toward the airport; however, during the approach, he realized that the airplane was unable to reach the runway.
“Subsequently, the airplane struck the top of a tree that was about 65 feet tall, and then impacted the ground in an open area of a golf course.”
At the time, many credited Harrison Ford for saving lives in the neighborhoods surrounding the golf course, which is in a residential area. The expert pilot clearly did everything possible to avoid hitting the homes next to the open field.
Ford spent several weeks in the hospital, recovering from the injuries he sustained in the plane crash. Additionally, the accident came after yet another mishap for the feisty actor, who had been hospitalized following a freak accident on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in England, when a door on the fictional Millennium Falcon fell on his leg and broke it.
Proving that he’s made of sturdy stuff and despite the severity of that incident, which also required surgery, the actor was not deterred and returned to finish the production several weeks later. Harrison Ford’s wife, actress Calista Flockhart, opened up about the tough times the family went through following both accidents, according to Us Weekly.
“It was a really hard, scary time for our family. I think it just makes you realize, once again, that life can turn on a dime. We just have to appreciate every second we’re here, because you never know.”
Despite all the mishaps, Harrison Ford’s wife says she fully supports him flying because it’s something he’s passionate about.
“You know, he loves it, so I love it,” Flockhart said.
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