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[UPDATE] Actor Harrison Ford ‘stable’ after California plane crash – officials

Actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when a small plane he was piloting crashed at a golf course near Los Angeles, emergency officials said. He was said to be alert and conscious as he was taken hospital.

Ford, 72, an avid aviator, was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after sustaining “fair to moderate injuries” when his small plane hit a tree and went down at the Penmar Park Golf Course in Venice, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southwest of Los Angeles.

Ford radioed air traffic control shortly before the aircraft went down. “53178. Engine failure. Immediate return,” he said, after which air traffic control cleared him to land, according to a recording of air traffic control.

“Fire Department paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene from local neighborhood fire stations and found a single-engine airplane crash with one 70-year-old patient who was outside of the plane when they arrived,” said Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Patrick Butler. “The patient was in moderate condition: alert, conscious, and breathing, and was transported to local hospital.”

Butler, who described the crash as being of “moderate to high impact,” said several people - reported to be doctors -- were nearby and rendered aid to Ford before emergency crews arrived on the scene. “I do know that there were folks that came out here and rendered aid and assisted the pilot out of the area,” he said.

Federal records showed that the fixed wing single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aircraft was built in 1942.

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