Actor Harrison Ford has been seriously injured after the plane he was piloting crashed into a Los Angeles golf course, shortly after take-off.
The 72-year-old was flying over the Penmar Golf Course in Venice on Thursday (Mar. 5) when the single-engine vintage plane collided with the green. According to reports, Harrison suffered several severe gashes to his head and was bleeding profusely. Reports say he may have also sustained bone fractures. The Los Angeles Fire Department reportedly confirmed the sole male occupant of the plane was critically injured in the crash and was taken to a local hospital.
UPDATE: His condition has been upgraded to serious from critical. 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.
— Chef Ben Ford (@ChefBenFord) March 6, 2015
UPDATE: Harrison Ford’s publicist Ina Treciokas issued a statement, which reads, “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. 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.”
~Sandra D. Sukraj