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Harrison Ford "battered but OK" after small plane crash

Actor Harrison Ford has been injured in a small plane crash. His son, Ben Ford, said he was "battered but OK" following the incident and thanked supporters for their well wishes.

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Ford's publicist, Ina Treciokas, released this statement: "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon takeoff. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

TMZ reported that he was piloting the two-seater when it crashed on a golf course in Venice, Calif.

Ford reportedly suffered cuts to his head and was rushed to a hospital.

Harrison Ford crash-landed a small vintage plane in Los Angeles on March 5, 2015, but was reported in fair condition after being taken to an area hospital. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Santa Monica Airport, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration, reported. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on its official Twitter feed.

This image from video provided by KABC-TV shows a small plane that crash-landed on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Authorities say the single-engine plane went down around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the green at the golf course near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. (AP Photo/KABC-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT

Two doctors who happened to be on the golf course at the time rushed to Ford's aid, Santa Monica City Commissioner Phil Brock told People.

An employee at the Penmar Golf Course where the crash occurred described the scene to NBCNews: "There was blood all over his face ... Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip."

When Harrison Ford was in town working on the Jackie Robinson biopic "42, " he visited Sushi House Hayakawa and posed for some nice photos.

Beloved for roles in the blockbuster "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises, Ford has been in Atlanta in recent years for roles in the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" and the Will Ferrell-led comedy "Anchorman 2." 

Another fun photo of Harrison Ford at Sushi House Hayakawa. These photos were contributed to the AJC at the time.


Will Ferrell, left, and Harrison Ford on the Atlanta set of "Anchorman 2." Photo: ABC


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