Harrison Ford’s injuries are not life threatening and he is expect to make a “full recovery” after his plane crash on Thursday, according to the actor’s publicist.
The star, who is a keen pilot, was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in California after his vintage aircraft suffered engine problems shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.
Ford was treated at the scene by two doctors before paramedics arrived and took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he is in a stable condition.
The actor’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, has now given an update, saying in a statement:
“Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon take-off. 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.”
Ford, 72, has since been praised by aviation experts for his quick-thinking in the face of an emergency.
Christian Fry, of the Santa Monica Airport Association, says. “I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed – what we would call – a forced or emergency landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot.”
Meanwhile, Ford’s Star Wars castmates, including Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew, have reached out to him as he recovers.
The news of the actor’s crash prompted an outpouring of sympathy on Twitter, and now Ford’s Star Wars co-stars Hamill and Mayhew, who recently reunited with to film new movie Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, have got in touch.
Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the sci-fi franchise, writes in a post on Twitter, “Glad to hear Harrison is doing well. Get well soon. May all his future flights be green-screen!” while Chewbacca actor Mayhew adds, “Here’s hoping my buddy comes away with just another scar to match his crooked smile. Speedy Recovery Harrison!… From Critical > Severe > Moderate > Fair in the span of an hour. Is #HarrisonFord Han Solo or Wolverine? #NeverTellMeTheOdds (sic).”
Glad to hear Harrison is doing well. Get well soon. May all his future flights be green-screen!
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 6, 2015
Here's hoping my buddy comes away with just another scar to match his crooked smile. Speedy Recovery Harrison! http://t.co/c0wyzR9wPJ
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) March 5, 2015
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) March 6, 2015
The emergency comes just months after Ford broke his leg on the set of the new Star Wars film and was forced to take a hiatus from filming in the U.K. while he recovered.