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VENICE, Calif. -- The solo occupant of a small plane that crashed at a city golf course in Venice was identified by family as Harrison Ford.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital after his plane crashed on Penmar Golf Course located at 1233 Rose Avenue just before 2:30 p.m., ,the Fire Department’s Erik Scott told KTLA. No one else was injured, he said.

UPDATE: Harrison Ford remains hospitalized after plane crash on golf course

 

Ford was going into surgery for broken bones in his ankle and pelvis, a source told KTLA.

Authorities have not identified the pilot, but said he was approximately 70 years old. He was conscious and breathing when bystanders initially rescued him, a fire official said at a 4 p.m. news conference.

Celebrity news website TMZ.com first reported that the pilot was Ford, whose publicist issued a statement about the crash hours later.

Ford was flying a World War II vintage plane that had engine trouble upon takeoff, publicist Ina Treciokas wrote in a statement.

“He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” Treciokas said. “He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care.  The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”

Ford's son Ben sent a message on Twitter from the hospital where his father was recovering.

Actor Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual 'Living Legends of Aviation' at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Getty Images)

Actor Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual 'Living Legends of Aviation' at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Getty Images)

Neither Ford’s attorney nor his talent agency would confirm that the actor was involved.

“We are bound by privacy laws to never discuss … the patient’s identity,” the fire official said at the news conference.

The pilot was fair to moderate condition when he was transported, not in critical condition, as originally reported, the fire official said.

The plane was right-side-up on a grassy area kitty-corner from the southwest corner of the airport, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The landing left a gash in the grass and dirt.

The single-engine airplane went down on the golf course west of the airport after taking off, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Gregor said he had no other information.

FAA records for the plane show it was a Ryan Aeronautical aircraft model ST3KR, manufactured in 1942. It was registered to MG Aviation Inc. in Camden, Delaware.

The incident was not the first time an aircraft crashed at the golf course. In 2010, a 60-year-old male student pilot died when the plane he was flying crashed into the city-owned facility, the Santa Monica Mirror reported.

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