Harrison Ford Recovering After Crash

by Raphael Chestang 4:18 PM PST, March 06, 2015
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One day after crash-landing his vintage plane in a golf course near Santa Monica Airport, Harrison Ford is recovering Friday.

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The 72-year-old actor was listed in fair to moderate condition Thursday night following the accident, with his publicist telling ET in a statement that "the injuries sustained are not life threatening."

Ford crashed his World War II-era single-engine plane at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, Calif. while flying solo on Thursday afternoon.

Eyewitness Rick Doukakis watched the crash while waiting to tee off on the eighth hole. Afterwards, he and a few others rushed to help free Ford from the plane.

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"I just saw an older man with a gash on his head," Doukakis said, admitting that he didn't recognize Ford at first. "I expected to see broken legs and we started pulling him up. He's in one piece and doesn't look too bad."

Ford crashed about 1,000 feet away from the runway where he took off. An experienced pilot, this wasn't the first time Ford has gone down in a plane. He was uninjured in a helicopter crash in 1999 and the following year, he crash-landed a small plane in Nebraska.

In a 2000 interview with ET, Ford spoke about risk management in flying.

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"People who don't fly often think of flying as a risky sport," Ford said. "It's not at all. Everything we do as pilots is meant to eliminate as much risk as possible."

In 2006, Ford flew with the Navy's Blue Angels over Lake Michigan, and in 2008 Ford explained his love of taking to the sky.

"It's about the thrill of seeing the world in three dimensions," Ford said.

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According to Ford's rep, he is "expected to make a full recovery."