Harrison Ford Injured in Small Plane Crash

Harrison Ford was hospitalized on Thursday after crash landing a plane in Venice, California.

The 72-year-old actor crash landed on Penmar Golf Course after something went wrong mechanically with the single-engine plane at around 2:25 p.m. He was transferred to UCLA Hospital in Westwood where he was listed in “fair to moderate” condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Initially reports from law enforcement officials described the actor’s injures as “critical.”

Ford, who suffered multiple lacerations, was the only one aboard the plane that suffered a “medium to high impact” on the 8th hole of the golf course. No one else was injured.

The actor’s son, Ben Ford, tweeted on Thursday from the hospital.

“Dad is ok. Battered, but ok!” he said. “He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”

Ford’s rep issued a statement on the actor’s condition later on Thursday clarifying that he is expected to make a full recovery.

“Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which experienced engine failure upon take off,” said the statement. “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.”

According to witnesses, Ford was able to walk away from the accident, and was later attended to by two physicians who were on the scene.

“There was blood all over his face,” Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, told NBC News. “Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.”

Ford is an avid pilot, with a license to fly helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and has crashed in the past.

His “Star Wars” co-star, Peter Mayhew, wished the actor well on Twitter shortly after the news broke.

“Here’s hoping my buddy comes away with just another scar to match his crooked smile,” the Chewbacca actor said. “Speedy Recovery Harrison!”

Ford recently finished shooting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at London’s Pinewood Studios. The Disney and LucasFilm sequel, which opens Dec. 18, halted production for  two weeks last summer after Ford broke his leg on set when he was reportedly struck by the door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship. He later underwent surgery and rehab to repair the badly injured leg.

TMZ was the first to report the news about the actor.

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  1. Arthur Lamb says:

    I have two movies with Mr. Ford in them and I think a lot of him he is a dandy actor I wish him well get well soon I’ll always be an avid fan of yours Mr. Ford

  2. Paul Brno says:

    In a nursing home in a galaxy far far away………72 year old Han Solo & Princess Leia, & Darth Vader & CPO-3 are flying around in wheel chairs & are wearing Depend Diapers & they are all suffering with Dementia.

  3. Paul Brno says:

    Was he talking on his cell phone at the time he was trying to fly that old small plane? When I saw him on Lexington& 42nd street, he flew right by me talking on his cell phone. I told him that I’m an actor & asked him if I could give him my actor/business card & he took it & put it in his pocket without saying a word to me or looking at me. He just kept talking on his cell phone & walking down Lexington Ave. wearing a back pack. How crazy is that !

  4. Paul Brno says:

    If Harrison Ford were just a carpenter/actor & not a wannabe small old plane pilot, probably flying one of those build-it-yourself planes like John Denver crashed in, he wouldn’t have ended up in the hospital with a broken ankle & pelvis.

  5. Paul Brno says:

    If Indiana Jones had to really know how to fly a small old airplane, there would never have been a part two, at least not with Harrison Ford.

  6. Paul Brno says:

    His nick name must be Crash Dummy.

  7. Paul Brno says:

    He could give flying lessons to the blind.

  8. Paul Brno says:

    Harrison Ford could star on broadway in David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth.’

  9. Paul Brno says:

    With his history of crashing small planes he would be the perfect choice to play the small plane pilot in the re-make of ‘The Buddy Holly’ story. The day that music died.

  10. Paul Brno says:

    He should have an air-bag installed in that little plane to protect his head from impact injury & maybe an ejection seat with a parachute.

  11. Paul Brno says:

    Let’s all pray that Harrison Ford never tries to fly or crash again. For his own good & for the safety of golfers near that airport.

  12. Suzanne says:

    Please get me off your List I am very sick Thank you I will google if I want Information

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

  13. Paul Brno says:

    Harrison, when I said, ‘break a leg’, I didn’t think you’d take me seriously !

  14. Paul Brno says:

    Go fly a kite, it’s safer.

  15. Paul Brno says:

    Some folks get their kicks in a plane……………….

  16. Paul Brno says:

    Harrison Ford needs to watch YODA’S video, “How To Use ‘The Force’ When Flying Small Planes.” Or maybe he should fly paper planes instead of real planes, because when they crash, you don’t get hurt & end up in the hospital. LOL

  17. Paul Brno says:

    He needs to go back to Space Camp! Like Big Time!

  18. Paul Brno says:

    I ran into Harrison Ford 10 years ago on Lexington Ave. & 42nd street. I’m also an actor so I said, “Harrison, I’m an actor, can I give you my card?” He grabbed it & put it in his pocket as he flew by me talking on his cell phone & wearing a. back pack. True story.

  19. Louis Seldon says:

    Are there any intelligent comments out there?

    • Paul Brno says:

      Is there any intelligent life out there ?

    • Paul Brno says:

      Define intelligent. If this web site didn’t exist, then all of these dumb & stupid & funny things that all of us are posting, would go no further than our wife or doorman or friends at work. Common sense.

  20. Paul Brno says:

    Harrison Ford should read ‘Learning To Fly For Dummies’. Or just learn how not to crash. And always remember to ‘Use The Force Luke’ !

  21. Paul Brno says:

    Future roles may include flight instructor, astronaut, test pilot, & Wright Brothers, the movie. Lol !

  22. Paul Brno says:

    Harrison Ford must have his toys, the 75 year old plane & the 60 year old jaguar. He’s acting like a senior citizen entering his second childhood. Lol.

  23. Paul Brno says:

    72 year old Harrison Ford’s plane is 75 years old. His jaguar is 60 years old. He is living in the past. He needs to ask Michael J Fox to help him get ‘Back To The Future.’

  24. Paul Brno says:

    He didn’t walk away, he was carried away on a stretcher to an ambulance. He had a broken ankle & a fractured pelvis & lacerations on his face & scalp. And was operated on at the hospital which is his new temporary home. His wife & co-stars are urging Harrison to take a break from flying. He is uninsurable because of his three crashes.

  25. James Ballard says:

    …Tough kid but it seems he shouldn’t be taking some of the high risk chances he takes…Surely life isn’t that boring to a man of his creative caliber…

    I’m leave my cell phone-on that he may reap the full benefits of my counsel…

    • Suzanne says:

      Harrison Ford is one of the best Pilot in the United States. He he is check out Okay to fly. Then let him fly. The plane was at fault not him. If he was in the service, you would give him a few pain pills have him rest up and put him back into a plane. He is saving life’s He should be up to Him and the team of Doctor’s. A door feel on him in a Movie. Should he stop acting. Show them Mr. Ford What you have. God Bless you Get better soon Your the best Suzanne🌷🌷🌷

      Sent from my iPhone

      >

      • Paul Brno says:

        He had three plane & helicopter crashes. He didn’t walk away. He was carried away on a stretcher. He had a broken ankle & a fractured pelvis & lacerations on his face & scalp. And had to be operated on at the hospital, his new temporary home. His wife & co-stars are urging him to give up flying. He is uninsurable because of all his accidents.

  26. Paul Brno says:

    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Old habits like flying & crashing die hard. No pun intended.

  27. No lies says:

    He was slumped over the dashboard bleeding from his head sreaming In pain and could not walk he was lifted out of plane by people on the golf course! Check the video he never walked off the golf course.glad u r alive and may the force be with you in your rehabilitation.

    • Paul Brno says:

      Dr.Sanjay Khurana a spine surgeon said when he got to the plane, Ford was slumped over, bleeding profusely and moaning. Ford had a very large scalp laceration but was able to speak & move. He was transported to the hospital in fair to moderate condition. The actor suffered broken bones & required surgery.

  28. Julie says:

    Not the best way to make a hole in one! Glad he’ o.k.

  29. Louis Seldon says:

    Glad to know he is OK, fortunately better than John Denver tragedy. The airplane is a WWII trainer PT-22 Ryan FYI.

  30. He is one very lucky man.
    So are we to still have him around.

    George Vreeland Hill

  31. Paul Brno says:

    Patsy Cline, Jim Croce, Otis Redding, JFK Jr & wife, John Denver, Amelia Earhart, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, Tony Lema, Audie Murphy, Rocky Marciano, Jim Reeves, & Stevie Ray Vaughan all have one thing in common. They all died in small plane crashes for one reason or another.

  32. Paul Brno says:

    You can afford to be flying the millennium falcon instead of that 75year old death trap. Please upgrade for your own safety.And take Chewbacca along sad your co-pilot.

  33. Paul Brno says:

    Learn to play golf, it’s a lot safer than trying to fly old planes.

  34. ruelspot says:

    Hey Paul, you are a really funny… Hahahahaha….

  35. Suzanne Malott says:

    He is so Wonderful
    He is a amazing man
    Saves lives to with his plane
    God Bless you
    Play this
    Caroll Roberson
    One pair of hands

  36. Patrick Barnes says:

    Harrison
    Countless pilots have died trying to return to the runway they departed after an engine failure. Amateur mistake that is usually fatal.

    • The standard procedure is to land straight ahead. Do not turn back. A 180 turn eats up a whole lot of altitude. When a pilot is in that situation, altitude is the only money he’s got in the bank. Altitude gives you gliding distance—don’t waste it on lift-destroying turns. Even a 20 hour student pilot knows this. It is a life saver.

    • Andrew Michel says:

      He’s not an amateur. Seemed like the safest, smartest thing he could have done to land safely. Godspeed to Fords’s recovery!

      • Paul Brno says:

        you call being slumped over the dashboard with your head bleeding landing safely? He could not walk. He had to be carried off in a stretcher ! He crashed in a helicopter, now he’s crashed in a 72 year old plane. What’s next ? A car crash in his 50 year old jaguar ? It’s time for Harrison to accept the role of a passenger. Let someone else do the driving & flying. And Harrison, may the force be with you. And if you need to do something exciting, why not act in a Broadway play.

  37. Frank Thomas says:

    Fact follows fantasy, again. In SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS (1998) he crash landed a de Havilland Beaver. I can’t help the feeling that Mr. Ford should reconsider his relationship with planes which are his age or older. Best wishes for a quick recovery but somebody please have him grounded for some time.

  38. Ruel-Spot says:

    The misadventures of Indiana Jones…. Get well soon Harrison, we are praying for you.

  39. TOM says:

    Harrison – please don’t fiddle with the outcome of Star Wars 7. First you got injured on the set – now this. You can be as reckless as you want after the production stops.

  40. Ruthann Hamilton says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Harrison Ford’s flying accident and wish him a speedy recovery my heart goes out to him and his family members at this time.

  41. Sandy says:

    I hope u have a speedy recovery.
    Very happy your injuries were not life threatening.

    Take care and God Bless you.

  42. steve chase says:

    To Harrison best hopes and wishes for your pain and best to you and all your loving family. We all care about take care great job getting back on safe ground.

  43. Danielle says:

    arrogant so and so

  44. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “Anybody noticing TCM programming of Airplane Disaster Movies all night? Very ironic and somewhat eerie.

  45. Regina Boyd says:

    Glad to know he is ok! Its cool that he is as awesome as we think he is!!!

  46. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “Attention reporters everywhere, don’t ever ask a cop for a medical prognosis or give a account of a condition of a accident victim on the scene until you get one straight from the Hospital Staff.” A Person in a Critical condition to most means Near Death! Get well soon Mr. Ford!

  47. Brian Johnson says:

    Sound like you are just jealous. Harrison Ford is nobody’s fool. I am sure the plane started off in good condition but anyone can loose an engine anytime, and as a pilot you have to keep this in mind.

    • Paul Brno says:

      If your so sure why don’t you let Mr. Ford take you flying. And don’t forget to wear a crash helmet & take out flight insurance. And your golf clubs for when he crash lands on that golf course.

  48. Kathy M says:

    Ummmmm. Isn’t Penmar in Mar Vista??
    #westside

  49. brucebergman says:

    70 years old doesn’t matter for the plane or the pilot, every airplane gets torn down for inspection on a elapsed time and flying hours schedule, or the plane doesn’t keep it’s airworthiness certificate. Engine, Propeller, instruments, and all major bits on the plane have a maintenance history – often the records weigh more than the plane does. And you don’t keep your pilot’s license without a current medical certificate.

    The NTSB is on it, and they will figure it out what went wrong – and if needed they can order all of the 70 year old planes or engines with a fault be grounded until they can be inspected again and/or apply a fix for the problem.

    And especially when forced down on a golf course, any landing you can walk away from is a good one. Even being assisted away on a stretcher ain’t too bad – “alive” is the important part.

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