Piloting a vintage 1942 PT-22 “Recruit”, Harrison Ford made an emergency landing on the eighth hole of the Penmar Golf Course in Mar Vista, California. The plane came to rest about 300 yards from the runway of the Santa Monica airport. Ford radioed a “loss of engine power” on take off from the Santa Monica airport. He was attempting to return to the runway when golfers on the Penmar Golf Course witnessed the engine “died”.
Paramedics took Ford to the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. It’s rumored that he was operated on for a broken foot and broken pelvis. Doctors report that he will remain overnight and is expected to make a full recovery. The National Transportation and Safety Board has a team on site and is investigating the cause of the crash.
“There was a Ryan aircraft, a vintage aircraft that was taking off from Santa Monica. The pilot reported a loss of engine power and was attempting to return to the runway. It appears that he clipped the top of a tree and came to rest on the golf course.”– Patrick Jones, NTSB
In related news, a Delta [ed. note: Doesn’t Ever Leave The Airport] Airlines MD-88 (Flight 1086) skid on landing at LaGuardia Airport and plowed into a fence. Of the 127 passengers and five crew 24 non-life threatening injuries were reported.