Harrison Ford ‘expected to make full recovery’ following LA plane crash

'Indiana Jones' star crash-landed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course yesterday (March 5)

Harrison Ford is recovering in hospital after being injured in a plane crash.

The Indiana Jones and Star Wars actor was flying his vintage plane over Los Angeles yesterday afternoon (March 5) when he reported engine failure and crash-landed on a golf course close to Santa Monica Airport, from where he had taken off.

The 72-year-old actor was said to be breathing when paramedics arrived and TMZ reported that he had sustained “multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding”. Ford’s publicist has since told reporters that the actor’s injuries “are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery”.

Meanwhile, Ford’s son Ben, a chef in Los Angeles, has tweeted from his father’s hospital to reassure fans that the actor is on the mend.

https://twitter.com/ChefBenFord/status/573649772583591937

Ford has been a trained pilot since the 1990s and was previously involved in a helicopter crash near Santa Clarita, California in October 1999. A representative for Santa Monica Airport, where Ford keeps his aircraft, said his crash-landing yesterday was “an absolutely beautifully executed emergency landing by an unbelievably well-trained pilot”. Ford was the only passenger on board the plane at the time.

Ford will reprise his role in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set for release on December 18 this year. His most recent film appearance came in the 2013 sci-fi film Ender’s Game.