It’s official, nothing can keep Han Solo out of the cockpit. Just three months after sustaining injuries in a serious plane crash, “Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford took to the skies yet again following his brief appearance at San Diego Comic-Con.
According to People, the 72-year-old actor was spotted flying an A 2013 Bell 407 helicopter along the coastline near the Santa Monica Airport on Saturday. It’s worth mentioning that, while the flight marked his first time as the primary pilot, it’s his second time up in the air since his crash landing on a golf course in March.
As previously reported, the film star was flying an antique WWII plane when one of the engines quickly failed. He managed to turn the plane around but couldn’t make it as far as the runway. Instead, he landed on a nearby golf course and sustained a laceration to his forehead and injuries to his pelvis and ankle. No one else was harmed, thanks to his quick thinking in the air. Despite the mishap, Ford, an avid aviation enthusiast and amateur pilot, simply couldn’t stay out of the sky. Interestingly enough, he’s yet to fly a plane since the incident, only helicopters. Maybe he made a coy promise to his attentive wife, Calista Flockhart, to just never fly a plane again.
In any case, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Star Wars” actor seemed sanguine about the March incident when he made a surprise appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con Friday. After missing the annual “Star Wars” celebration in April due to his injuries, Ford shocked the crowd by joining director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the cast of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” looking in tip-top shape. TMZ has video of the wonderful moment when Ford took the stage to an avalanche of applause from his fans at Comic-Con.
“I’m fine,” he told the crowd of his injuries. “I walked here, so how bad can it be?”
Ford will reprise his iconic role as Han Solo alongside fellow original trilogy cast members Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters Dec. 18.