LOS ANGELES – A small plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford has crash-landed on a golf course near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Ford, 72, was hospitalized in fair to moderate condition according to a Los Angeles Fire Department official.
Authorities say the single-engine plane went down around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the green at Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Ford was conscious and breathing and was rescued by bystanders on the golf course and soon given medical treatment
The course is just west of a runway. But there’s no word yet on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land.
NTSB officials are investigating, CBS Los Angeles reported.
The plane, which was yellow with stars on its wings, appeared to be a Ryan PT-22 Recruit, a vintage plane used for training during World War II.
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.
The actor was the only person aboard, and nobody on the ground was hurt.
Ford known widely as the star of the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” movie series, is also known as a longtime aviation enthusiast.
He owns several aircraft and has been active with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, CBS Los Angeles reported. 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.
source: cbsnews.com, yahoo.com