Harrison Ford Upset He Can’t Recall Plane Crash Details
Harrison Ford is frustrated with the fact he can’t recall his airplane crash earlier this year, because he’d like to be able to scrutinize his actions and maneuvers before he landed on a California golf course.
The movie star, a veteran pilot, was forced to make an emergency landing in March after the engine died on his single-engine vintage plane.
Knowing he’d never make it back to Santa Monica Airport, where he took off, Ford headed for a nearby golf course, but he has no recollection of what happened next.
“What I regret more than anything is that I don’t actually remember the maneuvering, what decisions I made, after I decided I was going to the golf course.”
The actor, who suffered a broken pelvis and ankle in the crash, woke up in hospital five days later with only one thing on his mind: “My first question was, ‘Did I kill anybody on the ground?'”
Harrison revisited the crash site in a helicopter for a new Men’s Journal magazine article, in which he stated, “When the engine quit, my training had prepared me to deal with it in a way. I really didn’t get scared. I just got busy. I knew what I was going to do, and I knew how to do it.”
“The mantra aviators carry around in our heads is: Fly the airplane, first thing. Fly the airplane – even if it doesn’t have an engine, fly. Don’t give up that ship, matey. And though I don’t remember the details of it, I guess I was able to do that, because the way I landed, the wings were level. I didn’t stall it. I’m here!”