Carburetor malfunction cited in Harrison Ford’s accident

A report on AVweb notes that a carburetor malfunction led to the loss of engine power in the Ryan PT-22 flown by Harrison Ford when he made a forced landing in March. The NTSB also cited faulty shoulder harness hardware that contributed to Ford’s injuries. The actor and pilot was hospitalized after the accident, which occurred March 5 after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Shortly after departing Runway 21, he reported mechanical problems to ATC and asked to turn back. He made a left turn back to the field, but struck a tree and the Ryan landed on its belly on a golf course, sustaining heavy damage.

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This spring, National Geographic Studios presents “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which promises to carry audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on a journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere of the movie will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8. [Read more…]

Harrison Ford injured in crash

HarrisonFordHarrison Ford was “battered but OK” Thursday after his Ryan PT-22 lost engine power and crash-landed on a California golf course, according to a report at NBCNews.com.

The 72-year-old actor, who was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said. Sources familiar with the incident told NBC News that Ford slammed into the plane’s console and control stick and that he underwent surgery Thursday night. He suffered a broken arm and a nasty gash to his head, among other injuries, they said.