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Harrison Ford's Narrow Escape As Plane Crashes

Harrison Ford has been injured after the plane he was piloting suffered engine failure and crash landed onto a golf course in Los Angeles. The 72-year-old was flying solo in a World War Two training aircraft when it crashed into Penmar golf course in the Venice area at 2.25pm local time. The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it went down shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport, about a mile away, the LA Fire Department said. The yellow plane with stars on its wings was upright and mostly intact after the crash. No one on the ground was hurt. Ford suffered multiple gashes to his head and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, entertainment website TMZ reported. Witnesses were reported by local media as saying the actor was helped out of the plane by several bystanders and that he could use his legs. Ford's son Ben, who is at his father's bedside in hospital, 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." Ford's publicist Ina Treciokas said: "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." Fire officials would not confirm the pilot's identity, but an official familiar with the crash confirmed Ford was flying the aircraft. At a news conference, Assistant LA Fire Chief Patrick Butler said the victim "suffered some moderate trauma, was alert and conscious" and was in a "fair to moderate" condition. He added: "In my personal experience of 25 years in the department I have been involved in several plane crashes - single engine, small personal aircraft - and normally the outcomes are fatalities, so yes we are very thankful that the passenger had moderate injuries."

March 6, 2015, 9:01 a.m. PHOTO
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Harrison Ford's Narrow Escape As Plane Crashes