Engine failure blamed after Harrison Ford crashes plane into golf course

Damian Dovarganes/APA small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday

Damian Dovarganes/APA small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday

Harrison Ford reported engine failure shortly after takeoff Thursday before crash-landing his vintage plane on a nearby golf course in Los Angeles.

In a communication with the tower at Santa Monica Airport, Ford said he was having engine failure Thursday afternoon and was making an “immediate return,” according to a recording on LiveATC.net.

The plane went down on the golf course soon after, according to The Associated Press.

TMZ reported Ford was hospitalized with light to moderate injuries; shortly after, Ford’s son provided an update on his condition.

“At the hospital,” Ben Ford tweeted. “Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is.”

The 72-year-old “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” actor is an aviation enthusiast who often flies out of the Santa Monica Airport. Penmar Golf Course, where the crash happened, is just west of a runway there.

The plane appeared to be a World War II-era vintage training plane. It was mostly intact after the wreck, and Ford was the only person aboard.

Nobody on the ground was hurt, but people rushed the scene and started helping Ford.

Jeff Kuprycz was golfing when he saw the plane taking off. “Immediately you could see the engine started to sputter and just cut out, and he banked sharply to the left,” he said. “He ended up crashing around the eighth hole.”

Kuprycz said the plane was about 200 feet overhead when it plunged.

“There was no explosion or anything. It just sounded like a car hitting the ground or a tree or something,” Kuprycz said.

Ford, who has been married to actress Calista Flockhart since 2010, is playing Han Solo in his fourth “Star Wars” movie, set for release in December.

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