Harrison Ford unperturbed in helicopter despite crashes

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His love of light aircraft previously resulted in two potentially fatal crashes.

But Harrison Ford was unperturbed as he swapped his standard plane for a helicopter and took to the skies above Los Angeles for his latest by mid-air endeavour. 

The legendary Star Wars actor, 75, looked fully focused after setting off in the sleek green chopper alongside an assistant.

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High flier: Harrison Ford swapped his standard plane for a helicopter and took to the skies above Los Angeles for his latest by mid-air endeavour 

High flier: Harrison Ford swapped his standard plane for a helicopter and took to the skies above Los Angeles for his latest by mid-air endeavour 

Clean shaven, and with his eyes shielded behind a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses, Ford gazed out at the tarmac as they prepared to take off.

While the environmental damage caused by helicopters is open to debate, he appeared to conscious of his impact on the environment the previous day.

The actor was seen emerging from his environmentally friendly electric car looking grizzled with a thick white goatee board shortly after touching down at Santa Monica airport. 

Stepping out: The previous day Ford emerged from his electric car looking grizzled with a thick white goatee board shortly after touching down at Santa Monica airport

Stepping out: The previous day Ford emerged from his electric car looking grizzled with a thick white goatee board shortly after touching down at Santa Monica airport

Stepping out: The previous day Ford emerged from his electric car looking grizzled with a thick white goatee board shortly after touching down at Santa Monica airport

In 2015 the actor crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed. The aircraft plummeted into a Santa Monica golf course during the crash in which Ford suffered head injuries and a broken arm. 

But Ford was actually praised for keeping his cool and managing to glide his airplane into the crash landing. 

Moments before the crash, in audio of his conversation with air traffic control, an unemotional Ford was heard asking for an emergency landing because his engine had failed. 

He said he was not going to be able to make the runaway at Santa Monica Airport so he picked a long green at the nearby Penmar golf course to land out of the way of the congested neighborhood.

Passion: The actor is known for his love of light aircraft, but was forced to crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed in 2015

Passion: The actor is known for his love of light aircraft, but was forced to crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed in 2015

Passion: The actor is known for his love of light aircraft, but was forced to crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed in 2015

After plunging 3,000ft and hitting a tree on the way down, Ford was rushed from the scene bleeding heavily from a head wound. 

The actor suffered another near miss in 2017 when he almost crashed his single-engine Husky plane into a Boeing 737.

He had been instructed to land on runway 20-L at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

Ford also crash-landed a helicopter in 1999 and was forced to perform an emergency landing the following year in a Beechcraft Bonanza at Nebraska’s Lincoln Municipal Airport.

Near miss: In 2015 the actor crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed. The aircraft plummeted into a Santa Monica golf course during the crash in which Ford suffered head injuries and a broken arm 

Near miss: In 2015 the actor crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed. The aircraft plummeted into a Santa Monica golf course during the crash in which Ford suffered head injuries and a broken arm 

Near miss: In 2015 the actor crash-landed a World War II-era airplane after the engine failed. The aircraft plummeted into a Santa Monica golf course during the crash in which Ford suffered head injuries and a broken arm 

In an interview with The Mail On Sunday back in 2010, the Blade Runner and Star Wars actor talked about some of the planes in his collection and the reasons he loves flying so much.

‘Flying is like good music: it elevates the spirit and it’s an exhilarating freedom.’ he said. ‘It’s not a thrill thing or an adrenaline rush; it’s engaging in a process that takes focus and commitment.

Ford has a long range jet, a Citation Sovereign, a turboprop aircraft capable of operating on unimproved airstrips; and a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver single engine bush plane.

He also has a 1929 Waco Taperwing open-top biplane, an Aviat Husky, which is a two-seat fabric-covered bush plane, and a Bell 407 helicopter. 

Close call: Ford was actually praised for keeping his cool and managing to glide his airplane into the crash landing on to Penmar golf course

Close call: Ford was actually praised for keeping his cool and managing to glide his airplane into the crash landing on to Penmar golf course

Close call: Ford was actually praised for keeping his cool and managing to glide his airplane into the crash landing on to Penmar golf course

 

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