Plane crashes involving actor Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford, who played either a pilot or former pilot in films such as "Air Force One," "Star Wars," and "Six Days, Seven Nights" is a real life pilot who has survived at least three accidents.

5 March 2015 - Santa Monica, California
Ford was the pilot and sole occupant of a Ryan ST3KR Recruit, a two-seat, open cockpit aircraft that was used extensively as a training aircraft by the US military in WWII. According to a preliminary report from the NTSB, Ford reported a loss of engine power shortly after taking off from the Santa Monica airport, and was attempting to return to runway 3 at Santa Monica.

Ford chose to land on a nearby golf course, clipping the top of a tree before landing. The aircraft was seriously damage, and Ford was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The aircraft, which had the registration number N53178, was manufactured in 1942, coincidentally the same year as Harrison Ford's birth, and according to the FAA, the plane was certified to fly until 31 October 2015.

Podcasts about the accident
ATC audio from the crash
6 March Newsmax interview about the investigation
8 March CJOB radio interview about the investigation


18 June 2000 - Lincoln, Nebraska
While landing in Lincoln, NE, Ford's plane departed the runway due to a gust of wind. The aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, sustained minor damage, and neither Ford or his passenger were injured.


23 October 1999 - Santa Clarita, California
Ford was on a training flight in a Bell 206 helicopter when he and the instructor made an emergency landing in a dry riverbed near Santa Clarita, CA.

Although the helicopter rolled over on its left side, neither Ford or the instructor were injured. The following description is based in part on the NTSB factual report of the event, as well as the NTSB accident brief.

At 1115 hours Pacific Daylight Time, a Bell 206-L4, registration number N36R, landed hard and rolled over in the Lake Piru riverbed near Santa Clarita, California. The helicopter, operated by AG Aviation, Teterboro, New Jersey, was substantially damaged. The pilot (Ford) was practicing autorotations to a power-on recovery. When he attempted to recover the power, the engine did not respond as quickly as anticipated and the helicopter landed hard, hitting on the rear heels of both skids.

The local training flight conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 originated from the Van Nuys Airport about 1030. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The flight instructor reported that he and the pilot trainee (Ford) were practicing autorotations to a power recovery in the dry riverbed. He stated that they had performed one practice autorotation with no problems.

On the second attempt, the pilot trainee flared about 150 to 200 feet AGL. He attempted to bring in power to initiate the power recovery, but reported that the power did not come back in time to recover to a hovering position.

The helicopter landed hard and slid forward in the loose sand. The left skid contacted a log that was embedded in the sand and the helicopter rolled over onto its left side. Neither the private pilot/owner nor the commercial rated flight instructor were injured.

The NTSB concluded that the accident was caused by a combination of the pilot's delay in adding power during a power-on recovery from an autorotation, which resulted in a hard landing and rollover, as well as from the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight.

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