Harrison Ford Crash: Flight Details Confirmed in NTSB Report
The initial investigation confirms much of what's previously been reported about why the actor was forced to crash-land the plane he was piloting.
Harrison Ford reported engine failure after his vintage World War II plane took off from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport and requested an immediate return to the airport. But as he tried to make his return, he ended up clipping a tree and crash-landing on a golf course, according to the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary investigation into the incident. The NTSB's report of last Thursday's crash-landing was published on Tuesday.
After Ford, who was the pilot and sole occupant of the airplane, reported engine failure, the report explains, "The pilot initiated a left turn back towards [sic] the airport; the airplane subsequently struck the top of a tall tree prior to impacting the ground in an open area of a golf course, about 800 feet southwest of the approach end of runway 3."
The incident occurred at about 2:22 p.m. PT, roughly one minute after takeoff, the NTSB notes. Ford was "seriously injured," the NTSB states, while the airplane "sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage."
The NTSB adds that the plane was taken to a secure location for further examination. The NTSB's narrative of what happened on Ford's flight confirms much of what's been previously reported about the incident, as well as the audio from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport tower, Ford's publicist's statement Thursday night and what the NTSB's Patrick Jones said during a Thursday news conference.
Ford "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," his publicist said. The actor's son, Ben, also tweeted Thursday night that his father was "battered but ok."