By NBC News
March 6, 2015

Harrison Ford “saved several lives” by avoiding crashing his vintage plane into a densely populated area, an eyewitness told NBC News on Friday. The 72-year-old star was hospitalized after he ditched his World War II training plane on a Los Angeles golf course Thursday after losing engine power.

The “Star Wars” actor emerged from the incident conscious and alert, with a broken arm and a nasty gash to his head. But an eyewitness said the crash could have been far worse had the actor not had the skill and awareness to avoid the suburban area surrounding the small, nine-hole Penmar Golf Course.

“Looking at where he crashed and how the plane went down, I’m sure there was a moment where he said, ‘I’m not going to risk lives, whatever happens, happens. It’s going to be just me,'” said 47-year-old camera assistant Eddie Aguglia, who was playing a round of golf at the time.

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