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On March 5th the 72-year-old actor crash landed a WWII-era training aircraft on a Los Angeles golf course.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Harrison Ford attends 'The Expendables 3' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
After the engine failed on Harrison Ford’s vintage two-seater plane last Thursday, he remains in the hospital, but in stable condition and “on the mend."Harrison crash-landed the plane near the eighth hole of a Venice golf course and suffered a head injury. He was treated by two doctors who were at the Penmar Golf Course until emergency services arrived and carried the bloodied actor away on a gurney.
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Firefighters stand before the small plane owned by US actor Harrison Ford after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. 'Indiana Jones' actor Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when his small plane crashed onto a golf course outside Los Angeles, the TMZ celebrity news website reported. The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, it reported, publishing a picture of the downed plane, its nose cone ripped open. An LA Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. No more details were immediately available. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)
Firefighters inspect the cockpit of a plane that crashed on a golf course in Venice, reportedly piloted by US actor Harrison Ford on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Hollywood star Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when the small plane he was flying suffered engine failure and crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, officials said. The 72-year-old 'Indiana Jones' and 'Star Wars' actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of the vintage two-seater plane, according to the TMZ celebrity website, publishing a picture of the downed aircraft, its nose cone ripped open. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A single-engine plane crashed into the Penmar Golf Course on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Actor Harrison Ford, owner of the World War II vintage plane, was on board. Ford and the pilot both survived and were transported to a nearby hospital. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: People gather near the crash site where a single-engine plane crashed into the Penmar Golf Course on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Actor Harrison Ford, owner of the World War II vintage plane, was on board. Ford and the pilot both survived and were transported to a nearby hospital. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Media gather outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on March 5, 2015, where US actor Harrison Ford was taken after his vintage single-engine airplane crashed onto a golf course shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Hollywood star Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when the small plane he was flying suffered engine failure and crash-landed on the golf course outside Los Angeles, officials said. The 72-year-old 'Indiana Jones' and 'Star Wars' actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of the vintage two-seater plane, according to the TMZ celebrity website, publishing a picture of the downed aircraft, its nose cone ripped open. 'At the hospital. Dad is OK. Battered, but OK! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man,' said Ford's son Ben in a tweet. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
The small plane owned by US actor Harrison Ford is seen after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. 'Indiana Jones' actor Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when his small plane crashed onto a golf course outside Los Angeles, the TMZ celebrity news website reported. The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, it reported, publishing a picture of the downed plane, its nose cone ripped open. An LA Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. No more details were immediately available. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
An investigator removes a flight instruction manual from the cockpit of a plane that crashed on a golf course in Venice, reportedly piloted by Harrison Ford on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Hollywood star Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when the small plane he was flying suffered engine failure and crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, officials said. The 72-year-old 'Indiana Jones' and 'Star Wars' actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of the vintage two-seater plane, according to the TMZ celebrity website, publishing a picture of the downed aircraft, its nose cone ripped open. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 05: A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)
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Harrison Ford is reportedly in fair to moderate condition after his plane crashed into a California golf course.
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Harrison Ford was allegedly involved in a plane crash this afternoon in California. Reports say Ford suffered several gashes to his head after his plane crashed at a golf course.
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A small plane piloted by Harrison Ford has crash-landed at an L.A. golf course, but we're told the actor has survived.
The small plane owned by US actor Harrison Ford is seen after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. 'Indiana Jones' actor Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when his small plane crashed onto a golf course outside Los Angeles, the TMZ celebrity news website reported. The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, it reported, publishing a picture of the downed plane, its nose cone ripped open. An LA Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. No more details were immediately available. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
The small plane owned by US actor Harrison Ford is seen after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. 'Indiana Jones' actor Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when his small plane crashed onto a golf course outside Los Angeles, the TMZ celebrity news website reported. The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, it reported, publishing a picture of the downed plane, its nose cone ripped open. An LA Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. No more details were immediately available. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters stand before the small plane owned by US actor Harrison Ford after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. 'Indiana Jones' actor Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when his small plane crashed onto a golf course outside Los Angeles, the TMZ celebrity news website reported. The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, it reported, publishing a picture of the downed plane, its nose cone ripped open. An LA Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. No more details were immediately available. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
The small plane owned by US actor Harrison Ford is seen after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. 'Indiana Jones' actor Harrison Ford was injured March 5, 2015 when his small plane crashed onto a golf course outside Los Angeles, the TMZ celebrity news website reported. The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, it reported, publishing a picture of the downed plane, its nose cone ripped open. An LA Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. No more details were immediately available. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN ALCORN (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)
A small vintage airplane rests on the ground after it crash-landed on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Harrison Ford crash-landed the airplane shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and reporting engine problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Officials work on the scene of a vintage airplane that crash-landed on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Harrison Ford crash-landed the airplane shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and reporting engine problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Reuters) - Actor Harrison Ford's vintage airplane lost engine power shortly before he crash-landed at a Los Angeles golf course last week, a report released on Tuesday said.

The preliminary findings from the National Transportation Safety Board confirm Ford's own radio transmissions reporting an engine failure to the control tower at the Santa Monica Airport last Thursday as he brought the plane down on the eighth fairway at the golf course.

Ford, 72, known for playing the iconic characters Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and its sequels and Han Solo in the "Star Wars" franchise, was seriously injured in the crash of the 1942 single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST-3KR plane, which is also known as a PT-22 Recruit.

The crash, which occurred a short distance from houses, follows years of complaints by residents in the heavily populated beachside community that the airport interferes with their quality of life.

The National Transportation Safety Board's report released on Tuesday said Ford's plane "sustained substantial damage following a loss of engine power and subsequent forced landing after take-off from the Santa Monica Municipal Airport."

Ford made a left turn back to the airport when he lost power and on his descent the aircraft struck the top of a tree and crashed onto the golf course, about 800 feet (244 meters) southwest of the approach end of a runway, the report said.

The report does not name Ford as the pilot and sole occupant of the plane but his spokeswoman has confirmed it was him.

The NTSB is continuing its investigation of the crash following its initial findings released on Tuesday.

Ford was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair to moderate condition. He was still in the hospital on Monday, according to a report from ABC News. A spokeswoman for the actor declined to comment on Monday and she could not immediately be reached on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Bill Trott)

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