Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday afternoon after crashing his plane onto Pennar Golf Course, close to the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Shortly after takeoff, the Indiana Jones star radioed air-traffic control, saying that he needed to quickly get back to the airport due to engine failure. That was the last contact with the tower before the 72-year-old actor’s WWII vintage plane side-swiped a tree and barreled onto the course near the 8th hole.
“He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” the actor’s publicist said in a statement. “He was banged-up and is in the hospital receiving medical care.”
Golfer Rick Doukakis was teeing off when he witnessed the crash. “I heard this sputtering noise and knew there was a plane going down,” he reported to Entertainment Tonight. “If he didn’t hit that tree…he would have hit some houses.”
Not recognizing the actor at first, Doukakis said that as he moved closer to the small yellow Ryan PT-22 Recruit, he could hear loud groaning. “[He] had a huge gash on his forehead, there was lots of blood,” he explained. “There were no visible broken bones and he was moving his legs.”
According to the first responders who arrived on the scene, the Star Wars actor is in “fair to moderate” condition, with injuries that are serious, but not as critical as initially believed.
The action hero’s son, Ben Ford, took to Twitter to update the public and thank everyone for their well wishes, tweeting, “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. Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad.”