Spinal Surgeon Who Pulled Harrison Ford From Wreckage Reveals Moments After Landing
"He was obviously moaning and in pain. And my task, if you will, was to get him out of the airplane in a semi-urgent manner because the fuel was leaking," Sanjay Khurana told ABC News.
When Harrison Ford crash-landed his plane on an L.A. golf course Thursday, spinal surgeon Sanjay Khurana, who was playing a round of golf, was among the first to tend to the actor.
Khurana described what happened shortly after Ford's plane landed, explaining to various media outlets that he quickly recognized the actor and was concerned that the plane would catch fire, since fuel was leaking out.
"He's obviously an iconic individual, and when he laid there as I was trying to check his airway and check his blood pressure, it was obvious by his face it was Harrison Ford," Khurana told ABC News in the below video interview that aired on Good Morning America. "I stabilized his neck, which is a common area of injury. He was obviously moaning and in pain. And my task, if you will, was to get him out of the airplane in a semi-urgent manner because the fuel was leaking."
The doctor told KTLA he checked his circulation and determined Ford was stable. “He appeared to be conversant. He was oriented. And he was a little shaken up, as you would imagine, but he was intact. Generally, considering the trauma, he looked pretty good.”
Khurana added to ABC News that the fuel was "the main concern."
"I knew he was hurt, obviously, but the fuel kind of made it kind of more urgent," Khurana said. He and others kicked dirt onto the leaking fuel and moved Ford away from the scene, he told several outlets.
The surgeon, who was on the seventh green, said Ford's plane "belly-flopped down onto the eighth green," according to the BBC, and that it "dropped like a rock."
Ford is "very lucky" to be alive, Khurana said, adding that he was afraid the pilot would have "very serious, very tragic" injuries.