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Harrison Ford 'battered, but ok' after plane crash

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LOS ANGELES - Actor Harrison Ford remains in an LA hospital recovering from injuries suffered when his vintage World War II plane crash landed on a golf course Thursday. 

Ford suffered several broken bones but is said to be in good condition.

Meanwhile, the investigation into what caused the accident is just beginning.

Thursday afternoon the 72-year-old actor radioed the tower, saying "53178 engine failure with immediate return."

The tower radioed back that there was a runway clear for landing, but it was clear Ford wasn't going to make it back to the airport. Clipping at least one tree, the vintage WWII plane crashed into a golf course next to the Santa Monica Airport instead. 

Doctors playing golf rushed to help after the crash. 

"I wanted to do my best. I happen to be there and I tried my best to help someone in distress,"  Dr. Sanjay Khurana told NBC News. 


First responders say it's a miracle he survived.

The NTSB and the FAA are now investigating. The investigation could take up to a year. 

Ford is an experienced aviator and walked away from a serious helicopter crash in 1999.


Battered, but OK, Ford's publicist says he's expected to make a full recovery





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