Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when he crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, the US actor’s publicist said.
The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it tried to return to Santa Monica Airport shortly after takeoff, Reuters quoted a fire official as saying.
The 72-year-old actor’s publicist issued a statement that said: “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today, which had engine trouble upon takeoff. 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.”
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the pilot of the plane reported losing engine power immediately before the crash at 2:20 p.m. local time. The agency said it will conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
Celebrity website TMZ reported that Ford, known for his roles in Star Wars and the Indiana Jones series of movies, suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding profusely.
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