Actor Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash
Actor Harrison Ford was injured in a plane crash on Thursday, March 5th.
The actor known around the world for the characters he portrayed in movies such as the original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones series and a number of other blockbuster hits, is also an experienced, licensed pilot.
Taking off from Santa Monica airport in a Ryan ST3KR, a vintage single-engine airplane, the actor quickly recognized something was wrong, reporting engine failure at 2:25pm. Mr. Ford attempted to return to the airport, turning the airplane back in the direction from which he came. However, he failed to reach the runway. Instead, he crash landed the plane on nearby Penmar Golf Course.
In an email statement from Ford’s publicist Ina Treckiokas, she stated “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” she continued “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.”
Bobby Saadian, managing attorney at Wilshire Law Firm, a law firm that serves the area where the accident occurred, commented “he is very fortunate to walk away from this crash with as few injuries as he did. In plane accidents the injuries are often much more severe than what Mr. Ford Suffered.”
By good fortune, there were doctors playing on the course at the time of the accident who were able to assist Ford from the wreckage and tend to him until paramedics arrived.
While Los Angeles police and fire officers refused to name the injured pilot for privacy reasons, they did say the pilot was conscious when paramedics arrived, was administered an IV before being taken to the hospital.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were investigating the plane at the scene of the accident before it is moved off-site on Friday where they will be able to continue their investigation of the plane.
In addition to the NTSB, the FAA will also be looking into the crash.
When asked about what investigators will be looking for, attorney Bobby Saadian stated “investigators will now work to determine the cause of the accident. There are a number of potential causes that will need to be ruled out. These causes include pilot error, mechanical failure, poor maintenance, environmental factors, the influence of drugs or alcohol and even the possibility of foul play…” he continued “based on initial reports it is most likely that investigators will be focusing their investigation on the soundness of the plane, its history and recent maintenance of the plane. Investigators will want to know if there is a history of problems with this particular aircraft and what was done, or not done, to remedy those issues.”