Harrison Ford fans can rest easy now that the actor’s condition has been upgraded after his solo plane crash Thursday on a golf course in Venice, California. In fact, there may be even more reason to be a fan of the iconic performer as reports have surfaced that he likely saved lives by avoiding the suburban area surrounding the golf course as he put his plane down following its development of engine trouble.
Ford’s condition has been listed as “fair to moderate” at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The actor crashed his World War II solo plane on the Penmar Golf Course while headed back to the Santa Monica Airport. Ford’s son, restaurateur Ben Ford, tweeted to let fans know his father was doing fine:
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.
— Chef Ben Ford (@ChefBenFord) March 6, 2015
Harrison Ford apparently did his best Han Solo impersonation in carrying out the crash landing. “He risked life and limb by putting it down on the golf course instead of trying to go further to try to get back to the airport,” Eddie Aguglia, who was on the golf course at the time of the crash, told NBC News. “Another 25 to 30 yards and ... I don’t want to think about it. He saved several lives.”
Charlie Thompson, a flight instructor at the airport where Ford departed, told NBC that avoiding residential areas would have been part of the actor’s pilot training. “When you have an engine failure as a pilot, you are taught the Number One priority is the safety of the people on the ground,” Thompson said. “The golf course is the place where you could land the safest for the local community and making sure he didn’t endanger the people in the local area.”
Ford’s wife, Calista Flockhart, arrived quickly at her husband’s bedside in the UCLA Medical Center. The actress’ car was spotted in its parking lot soon after Ford was taken to the hospital, according to the Inquisitr.
Ford suffered a broken arm and a head gash during the crash, but he is expected to make a full recovery, NBC reported.