VENICE (CBSLA.com) — A doctor who was on the golf course when Harrison Ford’s vintage aircraft came down says he couldn’t believe the scene that unfolded right in front of him.
Sanjay Khurana, a spine surgeon, was on the seventh hole of Penmar Golf Course Thursday afternoon when Ford’s plane clipped a tree and was forced to belly-flop almost immediately.
Khurana dropped his clubs and ran to help.
“A passenger in the rear seat slumped over in distress belted in. I could smell fuel,” Khurana recalls.
Khurana and other golfers pulled Ford from the wreckage after they noticed fuel leaking from the plane.
“We wanted to get him out safely and with the fuel leaking out, I motioned to some of the other folks at the golf course to put dirt on the fuel so it wouldn’t combust,” he said. “I just wanted to get him out safely so that the situation wouldn’t erupt into a fire.”
It wasn’t until Ford was out of the plane when Khurana realized who he was.
“He was a very familiar face. Kind of somewhat of an iconic face. And yeah, I did recognize who he was,” he said.
Khurana said that there were other golfers who helped him lift Ford to safety.
Ford was transported to a hospital where he was listed in fair to moderate condition.
The 72-year-old Ford, best known for his roles in “Star Wars” and as Indiana Jones, is a longtime aviation enthusiast.
His son, Ben Ford (@ChefBenFord), tweeted: “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”