Julian Bray, aviation security expert writes: Harrison Ford, 72, Star of Blade Runner, Indiana Jones and the Star Wars series, whilst piloting a Ryan PT22 vintage light aircraft, reported engine failure and loss of power, shortly after take off, managed to report his situation by radio to Air Traffic Control, then circled in an attempt to return to the runway at Santa Monica Airport, but clipped some trees and crash-landed on the fairway, near the 8th green of a Venice golf course.
He sustained cuts and injuries to his head, but medics - through a fire department spokesman - are saying his condition is not life threatening. The crash site was alongside a road so emergency vehicles quickly attended. From the hospital his son Ben, reported on social media "Dad is OK. Battered but OK!
His management team added : "The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery,"
Shortly after take-off from Santa Monica Airport, Harrison Ford an experienced pilot said he was having engine failure with his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR and was making an "immediate return". The aircraft being just a few years older than its pilot.
Christian Fry, Santa Monica Airport Association official said: "an absolutely beautifully executed emergency landing by an unbelievably well-trained pilot."
Apart from flying aircraft, Mr Ford is also qualified for helicopters, and crashed in one in the late 90's. He is however at the age of 72 unlikely to continue his flying career, as the insurance premiums are likely to rocket after this latest incident.
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