Actor Harrison Ford has been injured in a small plane crash. His son, Ben Ford, said he was “battered but OK” following the incident and thanked supporters for their well wishes.
Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, released this statement: “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon takeoff. 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.”
TMZ reported that he was piloting the two-seater when it crashed on a golf course in Venice, Calif.
Ford reportedly suffered cuts to his head and was rushed to a hospital.
The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Santa Monica Airport, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration, NBCLA.com reported. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on its official Twitter feed.
Two doctors who happened to be on the golf course at the time rushed to Ford’s aid, Santa Monica City Commissioner Phil Brock told People.
An employee at the Penmar Golf Course where the crash occurred described the scene to NBCNews: “There was blood all over his face … Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip.”
Beloved for roles in the blockbuster “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, Ford has been in Atlanta in recent years for roles in the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” and the Will Ferrell-led comedy “Anchorman 2.”