LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flight experts are calling actor Harrison Ford’s plane crash a “beautifully executed” forced landing by an “unbelievably well-trained pilot.” The 72-year-old “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” actor crashed his World War II plane onto a golf course yesterday after reporting engine failure 20 minutes after leaving California’s Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Ford’s spokeswoman says his injuries are not life-threatening and he’s expected to make a full recovery.
EAA statement from Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chairman Jack J. Pelton regarding Thursday’s airplane accident involving longtime EAA member and former Young Eagles program chairman Harrison Ford:
“Our wishes for a speedy and full recovery are with our friend and longtime EAA member Harrison Ford. Harrison is an experienced general aviation pilot who has been an outstanding advocate for flying, especially in his six years as chairman of EAA’s Young Eagles program, which has introduced more than 1.9 million young people to flight. His flying experience and proficiency served him well today. I speak for all EAA members in saying he has our support and best wishes at this time.”