Harrison Ford Hospitalized After Crashing Plane

by Meredith B. Kile 5:26 PM PST, March 05, 2015
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A plane piloted by Harrison Ford crashed at a Venice, Calif. golf course Thursday afternoon, ET confirms.

The 72-year-old actor was flying solo when the small, vintage two-seater fighter plane malfunctioned, forcing the actor to crash land at the Penmar Golf Course. An eyewitness who helped pull Ford from the plane tells ET that the actor was visibly injured.

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The Los Angeles Fire Department confirms that a small aircraft crashed at the golf course near the Santa Monica airport. LAFD Assistant Chief Patrick Butler said the actor suffered moderate trauma and was taken to the hospital in fair to moderate condition.

NBC reports Ford was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Ford's son Ben tweeted an update on his father's condition from the hospital.

"At the hospital," Ben tweeted. "Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man."

The actor recently signed on to star in the Blade Runner sequel and will be reprising his iconic Han Solo role in the latest upcoming Star Wars franchise film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Ford was injured on the Star Wars set last year, causing him to miss several months of filming.

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The aviation advocate has been piloting his own planes consistently for the past 18 years and owns at least seven aircraft.

"I enjoy the pure freedom, and the beauty of the third dimension when you fly," he told Downwind magazine in 2009. "We live in two-dimensional world when our feet are on the ground, and getting in the sky is a rare experience that re-invigorates your perspective on things. Flying is always an adventure." 

Ford was pictured flying the Ryan PT-22 back in September 2013.

Photo: Splash News

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"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. 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," Ford’s rep said in a statement to ET.