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Harrison Ford has hazy memories of plane crash

Published 30/10/2015

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Actor Harrison Ford has opened up about his plane crash for the first time.

Screen icon Harrison Ford has opened up about his plane crash for the first time, revealing there are only some parts he can remember.

The movie legend is known to millions as adventure hero Indiana Jones, but when the experienced pilot got into trouble in the air in March (15) the situation was far from movie-like. Seven months on, Harrison has spoken about the accident for the first time.

“Yeah I remember,” he told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “Not all of it, I remember some of it.”

The crash happened on a Californian golf course. Luckily two doctors were there when the plane came down and were able to tend to him before ambulances arrived.

“I remember the engine stopping, I remember that part very well,” he recalled. “And then I remember the tower, I remember their suggestion. Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew I wasn't going to do that, so I said no. And that's the last thing that I remember until five days afterwards actually."

The air traffic control audio heard Harrison stating: “Engine failure, requesting immediate return,” to which he was told he was clear to land. The actor revealed that he now has retrograde amnesia, which means he has memory loss to some events before the accident.

Jimmy and the 73-year-old then made light of the situation, with Jimmy asking if it was like a film. Harrison hasn’t had much time to dwell on the accident, as he’s been busy with the latest instalment of Star Wars; the hotly anticipated Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which hits cinemas in December (15).

Jimmy’s Thursday (29Oct15) evening show had a Halloween theme, with the host donning a Star Wars Princess Leia costume. Harrison got a giggle in a hotdog suit, but remained tight lipped over the new film’s plot.

“What is there to say?” he teased. “I want the audience to experience it; I don't want them to hear anything."

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