Harrison Ford has battled the Imperial Forces in “Star Wars,” outwitted the Nazis as Indiana Jones and now the adventurous actor is facing a new terror: flying. The 72-year-old actor was spotted back in the air on Thursday, co-piloting a helicopter, nearly three months after being involved in a plane crash.
In March, the legendary entertainer was forced to crash-land his vintage, two-seater plane after the aircraft malfunctioned. A source, who reportedly helped pull Ford from the wreckage after the airplane fell from the sky and onto a golf course in Venice, California, told ET Online that the actor was “visibly injured."
Sanjay Khurana, a spine surgeon who just happened to be at Penmar Golf Course at the time of the accident, revealed to ABC News that the “Star Wars” actor was “stunned and moaning in pain” after crash-landing his War World II plane.
“The injuries sustained are not life threatening,” Harrison’s rep told Us Weekly in a statement. “He is expected to make a full recovery."
The Hollywood star, who was hospitalized for weeks before getting released on March 30, suffered a broken pelvis and ankle from the incident. However, not even shattered bones could prevent this thrill junkie from flying again.
"I enjoy the pure freedom, and the beauty of the third dimension when you fly," he told Downwind magazine in 2009. "We live in two-dimensional world when our feet are on the ground, and getting in the sky is a rare experience that re-invigorates your perspective on things. Flying is always an adventure."
Harrison was smiling ear-to-ear after landing the helicopter at Santa Monica airport on Thursday.
"Harrison was very, very happy to be back at the airport," a source told People magazine. "He kept smiling and, although walking with a slight limp, looked great."
According to the insider, this was the first time Harrison had returned to the airport since the crash. "He co-piloted his helicopter and flew up and down the coast with a friend for a couple of hours," the source stated. "He seemed very excited about flying again."