LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Harrison Ford is as much the daredevil in real life as Han Solo, Indiana Jones or the other larger-than-life characters he’s played on the screen.
While his fictional adventures in “Star Wars” and as bold archaeologist Jones have thrilled audiences, the star has run into real-life danger—and sometimes pain—while indulging in his love of aviation, fast driving and the unpredictability of filmmaking.READ MORE: Passenger Killed In Crash On Highway 680 In Milpitas; Driver Arrested For DUI
On Thursday, the actor’s vintage plane crash-landed on a golf course in Los Angeles shortly after taking off from a nearby airport. Ford, 72, who had reported engine failure to air-traffic controllers, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Beyond joy-riding in the skies, Ford also employs his skills as a pilot, acquired in his mid-50s, to help in search-and-rescue efforts.READ MORE: Optimism Soaring In San Francisco Bay Area As COVID Pandemic Woes And Worries Ease
Here are a few of his closer brushes, some more dramatic than others, as well as heroic moments:
- The scar on his face that lends him a rakish look was earned, he’s said, in “a mundane way.” In 1964, he was speeding to a job at a department store in Orange County, California, when his car veered off the road and into a telephone pole as he fumbled for his seat belt.
- In 1999, Ford crash-landed his helicopter during a training flight in which he and an instructor were practicing auto rotations in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. Ford and the instructor were unhurt.
- He used his helicopter in 2000 to pluck an Idaho Falls, Idaho, hiker off 11,106-foot Table Mountain in Teton County, Wyoming, and fly her to a hospital.
One year later, Ford and another searcher helped find a missing Boy Scout in a forest south of Yellowstone National Park. “Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one,” said Ford told the cold and hungry teenager after whisking him to safety by chopper.MORE NEWS: 'This Is Not Just Any Usual Recovery': Economist Explains Rash Of Price Hikes, Product Shortages
- Ford was at the helm of a Beechcraft Bonanza in 2000 when wind shear forced him to make an emergency landing at Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska. Ford and his passenger were uninjured when the plane clipped the runway and its wing tips were damaged, officials said.
- Last year, he was filming “Star Wars: Episode VII” in a studio outside London when a door of Solo’s Millennium Falcon spacecraft fell and broke the actor’s leg, requiring surgery on it. He recovered and returned to complete his work on the movie.
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