The most amazing thing about Harrison Ford's crash-landing at Penmar Golf Course in the northeast corner of Venice on Los Angeles' congested and dense Westside is that he survived — and nobody on the ground was killed.
Officials say the pilot (they aren't confirming it's Ford) was injured but in fair condition, showing adequate vital signs. Golfers helped him out of the plane, and firefighters rushed him to a local hospital.
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The long, skinny golf course is directly southwest of Santa Monica Airport, where Ford is widely known to keep a private plane. The golf course essentially acted as a big landing strip for Ford.
But Penmar Golf Course is surrounded by heavy development, including a mix of old bungalows and $2 million homes, crowded condo complexes and a vibrant restaurant and shopping scene on Rose Avenue.
It appears that the 72-year-old Ford, a seasoned pilot, kept his wits about him. City News Service reported that Ford was found by emergency crews outside of his vintage-style plane. The news service reports:
LAFD Assistant Chief Patrick Butler said the pilot was outside the plane when crews arrived. The airplane, which appeared to be a vintage or experimental aircraft, appeared to be right-side up and largely intact, according to images from the scene that showed gouges on what appeared to be golf course fairway. The plane had just taken off and was returning to the airport after experiencing some kind of trouble, according to a broadcast report.