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Thursday 19 October 2017

Ford 'to make full recovery' from crash

Hollywood star Harrison Ford is expected to make a full recovery after crash-landing his plane on a golf course in Los Angeles.

The Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor was flying a vintage plane when it lost engine power shortly after take-off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

The plane crash-landed on a golf course near the airport, where 72-year-old Ford houses the craft.

He was pulled from the plane and given initial help by doctors who happened to be playing golf on the course, LA fire officials said. He was then taken to hospital.

"He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely," Ford spokeswoman Ina Treciokas said. "He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care."

His condition was described as fair-to-moderate.

The injuries are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. No one on the ground was hurt.

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Ford (pictured), who shuns attention on his private life, has been publicly effusive about his love of flying.

After arriving in his own plane at a 2001 fundraising gala for Seattle's Museum of Flight, Ford said he was glad to help "engage kids in the romance and the mystery and the adventure of flying".

Ford took off from the LA area airport at 2pm local time.

About 20 minutes later, he told the tower that he had engine failure and was making an immediate return.

The plane had been flying at about 3,000ft (900 metres) and hit a tree on the way down.

Ford had a cut to his forehead and scraped arms, but it was not clear what internal injuries he may have had.

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