Harrison Ford became one of the world’s biggest movie stars performing death-defying feats as spaceship pilot Han Solo and adventurous archaeologist Indiana Jones. But this time, the danger was all too real when he was involved in a terrifying plane crash.
The actor, 72, was flying solo in a World War II- era airplane on March 5 when engine failure forced him to crash on a golf course in Venice, California.
Harrison's plane following the crash on March 5, 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“He had blood all over his head,” eyewitness Callum King told 'Closer.' Adds Elaine Miller, a golfer who helped the injured actor, “He was conscious and able to speak, but he wasn’t saying much because he was in a lot of pain.”
The father-of-five's wife, Calista Flockhart, 50, “was beside herself with worry and fear when she first heard her husband had wounds to his head,” said a source close to the family. But her mood lifted “when she heard that he was in fair to moderate condition.”
Harrison with Calista in March 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Harrison’s millions of fans also exhaled when his son, chef Ben Ford, tweeted,“Dad is OK. Battered, but OK! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”
Harrison, an aviation enthusiast who’s been flying since the 1990s, had just taken off from nearby Santa Monica Airport in a 1942 Ryan ST3KR around 2:20 p.m. Witnesses reported hearing the aircraft making strange noises before it clipped a pine tree and nosedived near the eighth hole of the exclusive Penmar golf course.
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