Harrison Ford Plane Crash
Today Harrison Ford, 72 year old actor and producer, crash landed onto a golf course in an effort to not totally destroy his personal plane. Ford is reported in critical condition and the sight of the plane is not pretty, to say the least. Nevertheless, we hope the fearless Millennium Falcon pilot can get back on his feet soon! We will post reports as they come… keep in touch Junkies!
VENICE (CBSLA.com) —A pilot believed to be actor Harrison Ford crashed a small, two-seater airplane on a Venice golf course just west of Santa Monica Airport.
The small, yellow plane crashed about 2:24 p.m. at Penmar Golf Course, 1233 Rose Ave., not far from the Santa Monica airport, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.
The pilot was only one person on the plane, and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
No one was injured on the ground.
The pilot was Ford, 72-year-old actor best known for his roles in “Star Wars” and as Indiana Jones, according to celebrity website TMZ.com. Ford is a longtime aviation enthusiast.
Los Angeles police and fire officials declined to identify the patient, saying only it was a man in his 70s who was conscious and alert when he was tended by paramedics at the scene. LAFD Assistant Chief Patrick Butler said the pilot was outside the plane when crews arrived.
Eli Karon, a Beverly Hills real estate broker, said he raced to the golf course after hearing the the commotion.
“I did not see the actual plane crash, but heard the engine cut out and saw a big cloud of dust from up the hills,” Karon said.
The vintage aircraft appeared to be right-side up and largely intact after leaving gouges on the golf course fairway. The plane had just taken off and was returning to the airport after experiencing some kind of trouble. Fire officials noted that the plane appeared to have struck a tree, since some branches had been knocked onto the golf course.
Ford own several aircraft and has been active with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also heavily involved with the Experimental Aircraft Association. Known for piloting fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, he crashed a helicopter in the Santa Clarita area during a training flight in 1999.
NTSB officials are investigating.
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