Harrison Ford crash-lands on golf course

Harrison Ford plane crash
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A vintage airplane that Harrison Ford was flying Thursday landed hard on a fairway at a California golf course on Thursday.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, March 06, 2015 | 12:41 a.m.
 
Airplanes have crash-landed on golf courses multiple times over the years. Not until Thursday, however, had an airplane that crash-landed on a golf course been piloted by one of the world's most famous movie stars.
 
Harrison Ford – known far and wide as "Millenium Falcon" pilot Han Solo in the "Star War" movie cycle – was "banged up" Thursday afternoon when a 1940s-era plane he was flying landed roughly on a fairway at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California.
 
The plane clipped the top of a tree on its way down, then dug a pretty good divot in a fairway as it landed on its belly on the nine-hole municipal course. After the plane came to a halt, several golfers – one of whom was a doctor – pulled Ford from the plane and administered first aid until paramedics arrived, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
 
"Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon takeoff," said Ina Treciokas, Ford's publicist. "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."
 
The 72-year-old Ford, an experienced pilot who also is known for his role as academic-turned-adventurer Indiana Jones, underwent surgery later in the day for broken bones in his pelvis and ankle, according to KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.
 
Ford tried to get the two-seat, single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR, a 942 military trainer, back to the Santa Monica Municipal Airport after its engine failed soon after takeoff, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Patrick Jones told reporters.
 
Here's a CNN report on the crash: