Hollywood star, Harrison Ford, has been injured and hospitalised after crashing a small plane onto a golf course near Los Angeles.
He suffered “moderate” injuries after crashing the vintage two-seater plane he was piloting on to the green at Penmar golf course near Santa Monica’s municipal airport on Thursday afternoon.
Patrick Butler, Los Angeles assistant fire chief, told a press conference at the scene that the 72-year-old actor was found “alert and conscious” and suffering “moderate trauma”,
He said paramedics “initiated spinal immobilisation, started an IV and began all the necessary medical protocols that we do”, adding “We are very thankful that the passenger had [only] very moderate injuries”
The United Talent Agency, which represents Ford, said in a statement that his plane stalled upon take off. “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.”
Several hours after the crash the actor’s son, Ben, tweeted: “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.” He expressed thanks for people’s “thoughts and good vibes for my dad”.