Harrison Ford injured in plane crash

Actor is rushed to hospital.

by Jennie Kermode

Ford flying a plane in Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Ford flying a plane in Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Harrison Ford was rushed to hospital this evening after the plane he was flying crashed onto a golf course in Venice, California. He was given immediate help to stabilise his injuries by two doctors who happened to be playing on the course.

Ford was initially described as being in critical condition but doctors now say that his injures are moderate. He had lacerations to his face and is thought to have bone fractures, possibly in the leg he injured last June after an accident with the Millennium Falcon on the set of Star Wars Episode 7. Ford's work on that film is now believed to be complete but he has been expected to appear in two further sequels and he recently thrilled fans by announcing that he was signing up to make a Blade Runner sequel.

The actor was flying a small yellow plane with no passengers on board. He had just taken off from Santa Monica Airport when his plane stalled due to mechanical failure and, unable to make it back, he had to attempt an emergency landing on the nearest flat stretch of land. Unfortunately his plane hit trees on the way down. Witnesses have reported that he was able to climb out with assistance.

"Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is," said his son, Ben, from his bedside. Doctors now think he will make a full recovery.

Ford has been a pilot for many years and has survived other crashes in the past.

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