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Ford in skies again after plane crash

Published 28/05/2015

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

Harrison Ford piloted a helicopter from California to Catalina Island on Thursday, just three months after he went down in a plane crash.

The 72-year-old was piloting a vintage World War II plane on March 5 when it came down on a golf course, leaving him with a large cut on his head as well as a broken pelvis and ankle, KTLA previously reported.

Despite nearly losing his life a couple of months ago, Harrison decided to pilot a helicopter on Thursday. X17 Online obtained photographs of the star flying the aircraft with a co-pilot. The pair were seen leaving California at around noon for Catalina Island, which is just under 50 miles west of the Los Angeles coastline.

Harrison began pilot training in the 1960s and the aviation enthusiast is an expert in flying fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

In March he took off from Santa Monica Airport in his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR plane, but the engine failed and he crash landed on Penmar Golf Course in Venice.

The Star Wars actor was also involved in a helicopter crash in 1999 over the Lake Piru riverbed, which is near Santa Clarita, California. 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. Fortunately this unintentional crash landing did not see Harrison or his co-pilot injured seriously, although the aircraft sustained extreme damage.

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.

“I broke it,” he noted of the Bell LongRanger.

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