TIME celebrities

Harrison Ford Injured in California Plane Crash

The 72-year-old actor was reportedly piloting the single-engine aircraft at the time of the crash

Actor Harrison Ford sustained serious injuries Thursday after a vintage plane he was piloting crash-landed on a golf course in California.

Ford, 72, suffered cuts to his head after the single-engine aircraft hit the ground and was transported to a nearby hospital, NBC News reports. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told CBS Los Angeles that the small plane crashed at 2:24 p.m., local time.

“There was blood all over his face … Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him,” said Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, located near the Santa Monica airport. “I helped put a blanket under his hip.”

Patrick Jones, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said at a televised news conference Thursday evening that the pilot had reported a loss of engine power and attempted to return to the runway. “It appears that he clipped the top of a tree and came to a rest on the golf course,” he added.

One eyewitness, Carlos Gomez, told CNN he heard the crash and saw the rescue as people playing golf tried to pull a man out of the plane. “I was like ‘Good, he was alive,” he said.

A fire department official said the pilot left the scene “alert and conscious” after suffering “moderate trauma.” A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department told People that Ford, a longtime pilot, was in stable condition.

Ford’s son, chef Ben Ford, wrote on Twitter that his father was “Battered, but ok!”

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB are coordinating an investigation.

“This pilot is an experienced pilot,” Jones told reporters, “and the airplane is obviously a vintage airplane, its a simpler airplane, so it’s got its own idiosyncrasies, whatever they are.”

TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: Hillary Clinton Wants Emails Made Public

The former Secretary of State wants to release some of her emails to the public

Hillary Clinton said late Wednesday that she wanted her emails to be made available to the public, after coming under fire for exclusively using a personal email address while U.S. Secretary of State. Watch Know Right Now to catch up on the latest in this story.


LaGuardia Flight Passenger: ‘I Thought About Captain Sully’

"It looked like we were going into the water"

A passenger on the Delta flight that skidded off the runway upon its landing at a snowy LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Thursday says he “thought about Sully Sullenberger” as the out-of-control plane veered toward Flushing Bay.

Robert “Bo”Cramer, 26, was on Delta Flight 1086 traveling from Atlanta to LaGuardia Airport. “You could tell visibility was bad coming in,” he said, “but you could see the runway and the river.”

“It felt like a hard landing, like the brakes were released,” he said. Passengers shrieked as the airplane skidded off the runway and toward the water of Flushing Bay, the Merrill Lynch adviser added, reminding him of the U.S. Airways plane crash in January 2009 when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger crash landed the jet in the Hudson River. “As we got closer to the water, it looked like we were going into the water… I thought about Sully Sulzberger.”

But once the wing hit the embankment and the fence, he continued, “you could tell we were slowing down.” The plane came to a halt just feet away from the water surrounding the runway.

The Delta staff did a “good job” of ushering passengers off the plane in the immediate aftermath of the accident, Cramer said. “There was a while when they were trying to figure out what happened as well… It felt like a very long time, but it was over before you knew it.”

At least six people were injured when the Delta jet left the runway upon its arrival to LaGuardia airport. The runways have been shut down until at least 6pm Thursday afternoon.


Real TIME: Plane Skids Off Runway At LaGuardia

A Delta airplane skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Thursday.

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TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: Ringling Bros Circuses Drop Elephant Acts

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday it would eliminate its iconic elephant acts by 2018.

Watch today’s #KnowRightNow, and click here for more on this story.

MONEY Careers

The One Question Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Asks About Every Potential Hire

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveals the one question he always asks himself before he'll hire someone.

TIME society

This Is the Most Outrageous Bar Mitzvah Video Invitation You’ll Ever See

He dances while dressed like a rabbi and waves around challah bread in a parody of "Blurred Lines"

Before becoming a man, you become a meme. At least that’s the way of thinking in 2015. Case in point: this bar mitzvah invitation of biblical proportions.

In a YouTube video produced by Xpress Video Productions and written by Patrick De Nicola, Brody Criz parodies pop hits like Pharrell’s “Happy,” Lorde’s “Royals” and “Let It Go” from Frozen. The whole family is in on it, too.

Fair warning, at the 2:46 mark, when he spoofs Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” he starts dancing. And stripping down. Dressed like a rabbi. Stick with it, and you’ll see him mug for the camera with a pug.

If this video is just the invite, then imagine what the reception will be like.

Mazel tov on going viral.

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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TIME Aviation

Plane Slides Off the Runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

No one appears to be seriously injured

A Delta airplane carrying 127 passengers skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence at LaGuardia airport in New York City while landing in snowy conditions on Thursday. Twenty-four people suffered minor injuries, and three were transported to local hospital, officials said.

More than a dozen firefighters arrived to the scene to help passengers off the plane that flew in from Atlanta. A small fuel spill occurred but was said to be under control. The Federal Aviation Administration said the airport had been closed and was not expected to reopen until 6:59 p.m. E.T.

A TIME reporter on the scene observed at least one passenger on a stretcher in Terminal D and what appeared to be multiple emergency vehicles on the runway. All passengers were moved to the Delta Sky Club.

One passenger told the reporter that it “looked like we were going into the water.”

More than 4,000 flights have been canceled within, into or out of the U.S., according to FlightAware.

Eyewitnesses and others reacted to the incident on social media:

Thank God! No one hurt 🙏 we could of ended up in the water! #survive #thankgod #ice #safelanding

A video posted by _veeestchic_ (@_veeestchic_) on

New York Giants player Larry Donnell was apparently on the flight and posted a video on Instagram:

Look at this shit! Knew I shoulda stayed my ass at home

A video posted by Larry Donnell (@beyond_greatnes) on

TIME animals

Why the Circus Is Saying Goodbye to Elephants

The social nature of elephants makes captivity for them a "living death"

On Thursday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they would phase out their iconic elephant acts by 2018. The decision was spurred by public concern about the treatment of elephants in circuses, and perhaps a growing understanding that being kept as an entertainment spectacle is emotionally damaging to the sensitive, intelligent animals.

Elephants are social creatures in the wild with close-knit family units. They even perform funeral rituals and spend weeks mourning their dead. So those that have long been in circuses and zoos can come to exhibit symptoms of depression, aggression or post-traumatic stress disorder, most likely as a result of the confinement and isolation.

In 2006, the New York Times article described the trauma elephants undergo in captivity: “Being kept in relative confinement and isolation [is] a kind of living death for an animal as socially developed and dependent as we now know elephants to be,” author Charles Siebert wrote.

There have been many reports of elephants in captivity experiencing abuse by their handlers. In 2011, Mother Jones published a year-long investigation into Ringling Bros.’ treatment of its elephants. Among its claims:

Ringling elephants spend most of their long lives either in chains or on trains, under constant threat of the bullhook, or ankus—the menacing tool used to control elephants. They are lame from balancing their 8,000-pound frames on tiny tubs and from being confined in cramped spaces, sometimes for days at a time. They are afflicted with tuberculosis and herpes, potentially deadly diseases rare in the wild and linked to captivity.

Feld Entertainment, owner of Ringling Bros, said that its elephants were in fact “pampered performers” who “are trained through positive reinforcement, a system of repetition and reward that encourages an animal to show off its innate athletic abilities.”

But apparently Ringling is slowly coming to understand that keeping elephants in bondage, animals with a highly developed emotional intelligence, places an uncomfortable mirror on humanity. The New York Times article describes a former circus elephant who had turned violent: “She and the others have suffered, we now understand, not simply because of us, but because they are, by and large, us.”

TIME Video Games

Rock Band 4 Exists and It’ll Be on PS4 and Xbox One This Year

The massive music game franchise is ready for a comeback tour

Prep your sweatbands, eyeliner and hair extensions: an official sequel to Rock Band will happen this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, says longtime series developer Harmonix.

Better still, the studio’s revamped, group-angled rock-a-thon—dubbed Rock Band 4 and due by this fall—will be backward-compatible with pretty much everything from prior installments, including all the songs (over 2,000), plastic faux-guitars, rubber drum kits and keytars you’ve doubtless sequestered away somewhere, you know, for precisely this moment.

The last band-focused Rock Band game happened five years ago in 2010 and sold well enough, but after years of market saturation (remember the deluge of Guitar Hero titles?), the thinking was that maybe folks needed a make-believe musical break. Harmonix released a one-off in the interim, a downloadable rhythm game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 called Rock Band Blitz that eschewed special controllers for catchall gamepad-tapping. But the worry post-2010 was that maybe the phenom had passed.

And who knows, perhaps it has. Harmonix’s challenge, with scads of copies of earlier games and all their accessories still widely available, is convincing players Rock Band 4 is more than just the last band game they played with souped-up visuals and refurbished content. Out front, it sounds like the studio understands that concern.

Speaking to Harmonix’s past work, product manager Daniel Sussman puts it this way: “In retrospect, I think we innovated in a lot of areas that were not necessarily the right ones. We’re really trying very hard this time around to be very creative in ways that will impact everybody in the band.”

Two hitches. First, we have no idea what Sussman’s talking about, because Harmonix is only soft-announcing the new game today and avoiding specifics (probably to fend of copycats for as long as possible). All you’ll hear in the “behind the scenes” video above are a few fuzzy buzzphrases, like “evolution of the way that you play” and “now we’re very indie.”

And second, everything I typed about backward compatibility above? Scratch 2009’s masterful The Beatles: Rock Band, arguably the apotheosis of Rock Band-dom. According to Wired, that musical gold mine’s off the books for licensing reasons, at least for now.

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