It’s being reported that Harrison Ford has been seriously injured in a plane crash. There aren’t tons of details, but reports say that though he sustained substantial injuries, he did survive the impact.
Ford is well known as a pilot, and according to TMZ, who first reported the incident, the Star Wars star was flying a vintage two-seat plane when something went awry and he crashed on Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California at approximately 2:25pm
According to eyewitnesses, Ford, the only person in the plane, was able to walk away from the crash. There were two doctors at the golf course and they rushed over to where Ford reportedly was bleeding and had multiple gashes on his head. After first responders arrived on the scene shortly after, the 72-year-old actor was taken to a hospital nearby and listed in critical condition due to his injuries. His status has since been downgraded to “fair to moderate.”
An employee at the course, Howard Tabe, told NBC News, “There was blood all over his [Ford’s] face. Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.”
You can imagine seeing a plane on a golf course is not a common sight, and this tweet appeared shortly afterwards:
That is a definitely a plane in front of the 8th green at Penmar in Venice. Pilot allegedly walked away. Wow. pic.twitter.com/2OXYJOdBu1
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) March 5, 2015
This isn’t the first time that Ford has crashed, but it appears to be the most serious incident so far as he was able to walk away relatively unscathed before. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Ford’s son Ben, an LA area chef, is at the hospital with his father and tweeted,”Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”
That’s great news to hear. He also added, “Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad.”
There is also apparently a recording from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport tower where Ford reports “engine failure” and requests an “immediate return.”
Ford was piloting a Ryan PT-22 Recruit, a single-engine, World War II-era plane at the time of the crash. He is expected to make a full recovery. Which is also great news.
UPDATE: Ford reportedly underwent surgery to repair a broken ankle and pelvis he suffered in the crash. While that sound really, really unpleasant, his injuries are describes as “non life threatening.”