Han Solo may have bitten off more than he can chew with a vintage World War II training plane… after Harrison Ford crash landed the vehicle.
The 72-year-old Star Wars actor was left “battered but OK” after his vintage aircraft lost engine power and crash-landed in the middle of a golf course in California. Although he was left with reportedly minor injuries, it seems that no-one was seriously hurt.
“[Harrison Ford], who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition,” reported NBC News. “Sources familiar with the incident told NBC News that Ford slammed into the plane’s console and control stick and that he underwent surgery Thursday night. He suffered a broken arm and a nasty gash to his head, among other injuries, they said.”
Thankfully, it looks as though Ford is on the mend… as his son, Ben Ford, revealed.
“Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off,” said his publicist. “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.”
Of course, this isn’t the first injury he’s received from a light aircraft… After all, he recently broke his leg on the set of Star Wars VII while aboard the Millennium Falcon. And it was all down to a faulty door.
But it looks as though Harrison Ford’s piloting skills might even rival those of his fictional counterpart… as an aviation expert reveals that it could have been much worse.
“I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed – what we would call – a forced or emergency landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot,” said Christian Fry. Hailing Ford’s quick-thinking and cool attitude, it seems he was able to execute a textbook crash landing.
And while he sustained minor injuries, it looks as though it’s not too bad. Of course, we wish Harrison all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.