Photos: Harrison Ford Pilots Helicopter As If He Didn't Almost Die In A Crash
Harrison Ford has bravely taken to the skies again, co-piloting a helicopter just months after he was injured when he crash-landed his vintage plane on a golf course in Venice.Perhaps best known for playing adventurous risk-takers on screen, Ford seemed to embrace the role in real life as he boarded a chopper at Santa Monica Airport yesterday. Nothing seems to stop Captain Solo who was seated shotgun as the helicopter took off not far from where the actor was forced to make an emergency landing back in March. This airborne adventure was reportedly smooth and didn't last too long, but to be fair, even Indiana Jones probably needs a bit of encouragement after a crash landing.
The exact cause of Ford's emergency landing of his World War II-era, single-engine plane at the Penmar Golf Course is still under investigation, but initial reports point to mechanical failure of the engine. As a result of the crash, the 72-year-old Ford suffered a broken pelvis and broken ankle. Luckily, he was treated by doctors who were conveniently playing golf on the course where he crashed.
Ford is considered an experienced pilot and his emergency landing in March has been described as textbook handling of a plane during mid-air engine failure and considered heroic by others for his ability to land the plane safely away from people and homes. So, perhaps it should come as no surprise that he's returned to the air so soon after the crash.
No stranger to heroic moves in a helicopter either, Ford has rescued lost and stranded hikers on two separate occasions using his private copter. Is there anything this guy can't do?