FLASHBACK: Harrison Ford talks about flying with caution in '99

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FLASHBACK: Harrison Ford Talks About Flying With Caution in '99


Despite nearly two decades of experience piloting aircrafts, Harrison Ford was forced to crash-land his vintage World War II single-engine plane into a Venice, Calif. golf course on Thursday.

The 72-year-old actor is an accomplished pilot, and has played a pilot -- or former pilot -- in a number of films including The Expendables 3, Air Force One, and the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Ford even starred in two films involving miraculous escapes from plane crashes. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom he uses an inflatable life raft to escape from a plane that is set to crash into a mountain range. In the romantic drama Six Days, Seven Nights, the plane Ford is piloting crashes onto a remote island, leaving him and his passengers stranded.

In 1999, ET talked to Ford who talked about being cautious while flying. The star said, "You just forewarn yourself against the potential, which is always there, for an accident."

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Thursday's incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. at a golf course near the Santa Monica airport, shortly after the star took off.

Moments after the crash occurred, Ford radioed the control tower, and ET obtained the audio from Air Traffic Control.

Ford explained that he had suffered "engine failure" and requested "immediate return." When the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived on the scene, witnesses had helped pull Ford from the damaged plane, and the actor was rushed to the hospital.

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Ford's son Ben later tweeted an update on his father's condition, saying, "Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man." The actor's rep also issued a statement to ET, saying, "The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."

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391827 01: (U.S. Tabs Out) Actor Harrison Ford Flies His Helicopter July 10, 2001 Near Jackson, Wy. Ford Located And Rescued Missing 13-Year-Old Boy Scout Cody Clawson. (Photo By Getty Images)
Actor Harrison Ford visits Denver and gives some kids an airplane ride from Centennial Airport. Sean Keeney, 8, of Littleton gets his photo taken with Ford after his plane ride. For Bill Husted column. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post (Photo By Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
American actor Harrison Ford wearing mechanic's coverall smiles while keeping a spanner in his hands, in front of an airplane's reactor, in a scene from the comedy Six Days Seven Nights. Kaua'i (Hawaii), USA, 1998. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L to R) Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Ronda Rousey and Wesley Snipes attend a photocall for 'The Expendables 3' at the Carlton Hotel on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Millennium Films)
Actor Harrison Ford takes a break to inspect the cockpit of a F-18 fighter plane while filming a scene for his current movie project "Random Hearts," Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in this handout photo, at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. Three movie scenes were filmed in a hanger and involved many active duty U.S. Navy personnel as extras. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, PH2 Damon J. Moritz)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Actor Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual 'Living Legends of Aviation' at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
391827 02: (U.S. Tabs Out) Actor Harrison Ford Flies His Helicopter July 10, 2001 Near Jackson, Wy. Ford Located And Rescued Missing 13-Year-Old Boy Scout Cody Clawson. (Photo By Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actor Harrison Ford runs from the wreckage of car while filming a scene from his new movie 'Hollywood Homicide' on Hollywood Boulevard on October 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben-Ari Finegold/Getty Images)
Harrison Ford running from a burning car and bullet shots in a scene from the film 'Clear and Present Danger', 1994. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Actor Harrison Ford speaks onstage during 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CDG)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Actor Harrison Ford speaks onstage during 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CDG)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Harrison Ford arrives at the 12th Annual 'Living Legends of Aviation' Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Calista Flockhart and actor Harrison Ford arrive to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Alberto Rodriguez/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Harrison Ford arrives at the 12th Annual 'Living Legends of Aviation' Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Harrison Ford sighting at Barney's New York on December 17, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Nick Smith/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Harrison Ford (L) and actress Calista Flockhart attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 11: Actor Harrison Ford arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Lionsgate Films' 'The Expendables 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Chief Executive Officer of Lions Gate Entertainment Jon Feltheimer, Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Rob Friedman, actor Harrison Ford, Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. President of Acquisitions & Co-productions Jason Constantine attend the premiere of Lionsgate Films' 'The Expendables 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and Harrison Ford attend 'The Expendables 3' private dinner and party at Gotha Night Club at Palm Beach on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Millennium Films)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Harrison Ford attends 'The Expendables 3' private dinner and party at Gotha Night Club at Palm Beach on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Millennium Films)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Harrison Ford attends 'Expendables 3' Photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actors Jason Statham and Harrison Ford attend 'The Expendables 3' photocall during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Harrison Ford (L) and actress Calista Flockhart attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Harrison Ford attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Harrison Ford, Kayte Walsh and Kelsey Grammer attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF14/WireImage)
THE OSCARS(r) - THEATRE - The Academy Awards(r) for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, MARCH 2 (8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., ET/5:30-9:00 p.m., PT), at the Dolby Theatre(r) at Hollywood & Highland Center(r) and televised live on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) HARRISON FORD
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Harrison Ford arrives at the The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governor Awards at Dolby Theatre on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Harrison Ford attends 'El Hormiguero' TV Show at Vertice 360 Studio on November 7, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actors Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford attend the Premiere Of Summit Entertainment's 'Ender's Game' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4551 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Harrison Ford during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 23, 2013 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
A scene from well-known Billy Wilder's Sabrina: out of a luxurious dwelling, where a big, dark car is parked by, well-dressed Harrison Ford, wearing a black suit and a bowler, pulls out the antenna of a pocket radio; the American actor plays Linus Larrabee, a role originally played by unforgettable Humphrey Bogart. USA, 1995. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Actor Harrison Ford attends the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Harrison Ford arrives at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Honoree Harrison Ford during the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/HFA2013/Getty Images for DCP)
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