Harrison Ford flies for first time since crash

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ford in skies again after plane crash.

The 72-year-old actor has spent weeks in recovery due to a large head laceration, broken pelvis and ankle, after crashing his vintage two-seater fighter plane into the Penmar Golf Course on March 5, due to a mechanical failure. Days after Ford – who is still recovering from his injuries almost three months after his small plane crashed at a golf course – was spotted driving around Los Angeles in a Tesla, the star was photographed at Santa Monica Airport in the cockpit of his 2013 Bell 407 helicopter. The Star Wars actor, 72, looked healthy as he walked into the airport dressed in a T-shirt, khakis and baseball cap on Thursday. “This is the first time Harrison was back at the airport since his scary crash landing,” an airport source told PEOPLE. “Harrison was very, very happy to be back at the airport,” another source told PEOPLE. “He kept smiling and, although walking with a slight limp, looked great.” “He co-piloted his helicopter and flew up and down the coast with a friend for a couple of hours,” the source added. “He seemed very excited about flying again.” Ford’s injuries in the March 5 crash included a large laceration on his scalp as well as broken bones.

In this incident his Bell 206L4 LongRanger helicopter (N36R) was unable to recover after losing altitude, while the engine attempted autorotation for the second time. Peter Mayhew – best known as Chewbacca in Star Wars – quipped that he was tougher than his on-screen character in the franchise. “From Critical > Severe > Moderate > Fair, in the span of an hour. When asked about the 1999 helicopter accident in the past by James Lipton, who is also a pilot, during an interview on TV talk programme Inside the Actor’s Studio, Harrison provided a succinct reply.

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