Post link 06 March 2015, 1:13
BY MICHAEL MILLER @write_miller 03/05/2015 AT 06:55 PM EST people.com

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Harrison Ford is in stable condition, an LAPD spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE, after the small plane he was piloting crash landed at an L.A. golf course.

The vintage yellow fighter plane crashed at about 2:24 p.m. at Penmar Golf Course, not far from the Santa Monica airport, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told CBS on Thursday.

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Ford, 72, was the only person on board the craft, and the LAFD confirmed on Twitter that he had been taken to a hospital.

"I arrived after Mr. Ford had been transported but I know he sustained a head injury and there were two doctors who had been at the golf course who first attended to Mr. Ford and the Santa Monica Fire Department was the first to arrive," Santa Monica City Commissioner Phil Brock told PEOPLE. "That's all the information I have."

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An eyewitness, who identified as a plane enthusiast, was on the scene of the crash and told PEOPLE: "He had engine failure during take-off from the Santa Monica Airport. He was on the west side of the golf course and tried to get back to the airport, so he started going east, but then he clipped a tree and fell on the east side of the golf course. During takeoff, the engine blew. You could hear it go silent, and then he banked to the left, clipped the tree and fell on the number 8 tee."

Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, told NBC News, "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."

This is not the first time Ford, an experienced pilot, has been in a plane crash. His six-passenger plane took a hard landing in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 2000, but the actor was not hurt. Ford also crash-landed a helicopter in October 1999 while he was practicing emergency landings with a flight instructor.

• Reporting by MELODY CHIU, NICOLE SANDS and PATRICK GOMEZ


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