Harrison Ford's on the mend after 'masterful' crash-landing

  • Agencies, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2015 15:46 IST

Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford is recovering well after sustaining injuries in a plane crash, says his son Ben.

The 72-year-old actor's small plane, which he was piloting, crash-landed on a golf course outside LA, last week, reported ABC News. He suffered multiple gashes on his head and other injuries.

Ben tweeted, thanking fans for their concern and saying Harrison has "the best care possible."

"We want thank you all for your concern. Dad has the best care possible, on the mend and of strong mind body & spirit," he tweeted.

Praise is pouring forth regarding the 'masterful' crash landing of the plane an LA golf course, considering the circumstances.

Eddie Aguglia, 47, who was golfing with friends at the time, said that the 72-year-old actor had hit the top of a tree near the eighth hole at Penmar Golf Course, but it was "miraculous" that he still kept his wits, and avoided hitting the people on the ground, the New York Post reported.

Christian Fry, vice president of the Santa Monica Airport Association, called it, "an absolutely beautifully executed forced or emergency landing by an unbelievably well-trained pilot."

Ford, who's an aviation veteran, had reported the faulty engine of the single-engine World War II-era plane only minutes after taking off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport, requesting an "immediate return."

Though he turned around, he could only make it to the golf course, where his 1942 Ryan air-training plane crashed after clipping a tree.

The Star Wars actor was taken to UCLA Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, which included a broken arm and head gash. Spine surgeon Sanjay Khurana, who was an eyewitness and had rushed over to help, said that the fuel was leaking, and they were afraid it was going to ignite, and hence pulled Ford out of the plane with help of a group of golfers immediately.

National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating what caused the crash and say a preliminary report should be ready within a month.

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