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Harrison Ford 'battered but OK' after plane crash

Hollywood actor Harrison Ford was reportedly left bloodied with a "huge" cut on his head after the plane he was piloting crash-landed on a golf course.

The Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor was flying a vintage plane when it lost engine power shortly after take-off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

The plane crash-landed on a golf course near the airport, where 72-year-old Ford houses the craft. He was pulled from the plane and given initial help by doctors who happened to be playing golf on the course, LA fire officials said. He was then taken to hospital.

"He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely," Ford spokeswoman Ina Treciokas said. "He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care."

His condition was described as fair-to-moderate. The injuries are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery, Ms Treciokas said in a statement. No one on the ground was hurt.

Ford (below), who shuns attention on his private life, has been publicly effusive about his love of flying.

After arriving in his own plane at a 2001 fundraising gala for Seattle's Museum of Flight, Ford said he was glad to help "engage kids in the romance and the mystery and the adventure of flying".

Ford took off from the LA area airport at 2pm local time on Thursday. About 20 minutes later, he told the tower that he had engine failure and was making an immediate return.

The plane had been flying at about 3,000ft and hit a tree on the way down.

The actor's son Ben said his father is "incredibly strong" and thanked the public for their good wishes.

"At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man," he wrote on Twitter.

"Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad."

In a recording on the website LiveATC.net, a man - believed to be Ford - is heard to say "engine failure, immediate return".

Ford, who is married to actress Calista Flockhart, got his pilot's licence in the 1990s and has made headlines with his flying before - although he had never been significantly injured doing it.

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