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Harrison Ford 'banged up' but expected to recover after plane crash

Harrison Ford's representative says he's "banged up" but expected to make a full recovery after crash-landing a vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course.

Ford's publicist Ina Treciokas released a statement saying the actor was flying a World War II-era vintage plane that had engine trouble on takeoff.

She says Ford had no choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.

The statement says Ford is in the hospital receiving care, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

People on the ground rushed to his aid, and he was taken by ambulance to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The single-engine plane went down at about 2.30pm in LA's Venice area. The pilot was breathing and conscious when he was taken to a hospital, Los Angeles fire officials said.

Fire and police officials would not confirm the pilot's identity; however, an official familiar with the crash said it was Ford. The official spoke only condition of anonymity because of privacy restrictions.

The 72-year-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor is an aviation enthusiast who often flies out of the Santa Monica Airport. Penmar Golf Course, where the crash happened, is just west of a runway there.

In a communication with Santa Monica's air traffic control tower at 2.21pm, the pilot cites engine failure and says he is making an "immediate return," according to a recording posted by the website LiveATC.net.

Shortly after, witnesses reported seeing the aircraft plunge to the ground.

Jeff Kuprycz was golfing when he saw the plane taking off.

"Immediately you could see the engine started to sputter and just cut out, and he banked sharply to the left," he said. "He ended up crashing around the eighth hole."

"There was no explosion or anything," Kuprycz said. "It just sounded like a car hitting the ground or a tree or something. Like that one little bang, and that was it."

The crash marks the second high-profile accident for Ford in the last year.

Shooting on Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shut down for several weeks last July after Ford broke his leg during filming at the Pinewood Studios outside London. The accident involved the spacecraft door of the Millennium Falcon, which makes a return in the highly anticipated film.

Ford got his pilot's license in the late 1980s and has served as a spokesman to various airline associations.

His flying made headlines in 2001 when he rescued a missing Boy Scout in his helicopter. Nearly a year before, he rescued an ailing mountain climber in Jackson, Wyoming.