Harrison Ford leaves hospital following emergency crash landing

Actor reportedly broke bones in his pelvis and ankle after his engine failed

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The Independent Online

Harrison Ford has left hospital after suffering critical injuries following his plane crash three weeks ago in California.

The American actor crash landed his Second Worl War plane on Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California, on 5 March and was taken to UCLA Medical Centre, where he reportedly received treatment for a number of injuries.

US People magazine reported that the actor has already been seen driving in Los Angeles and claimed that the actor was now recovering at home.

Witnesses said that Ford, 72, suffered a “pancake-size” laceration to his head, as well as breaking bones in his pelvis and ankle.

The actor, perhaps best known for his roles in global franchises Star Wars and Indiana Jones, won plaudits for his actions following the failure of the 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aircraft’s engine.

He piloted the plane away from houses and managed to crash land on the open space.

In a stroke of luck, Ford came down near to an off-duty spine surgeon - who just happened to be playing a round of golf that morning.

Surgeon Sanjay Khurana told reporters his first priority on finding Ford was to get him out of the aircraft as the fuel was leaking.

“He was obviously moaning and in a lot of pain,” he added.

Ford’s discharge from hospital will no doubt be greeted with joy by wife Calista Flockhart. It is not the first time the Indiana Jones star has had a close shave.

In 1999 he and his instructor escaped uninjured after he was forced to crash-land his helicopter during a training flight.

Only a year later, he made another emergency landing – saving himself and a passenger – in a Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane after dangerously strong gusts of wind forced him to abandon the flight.

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