The National Transportation Safety Board have issued a report which states Harrison Ford’s plane crash was caused by engine failure related to a loose part.
Shortly after takeoff, the pilot advised the air traffic control tower controller that the engine had lost power, and the pilot requested an immediate return to the airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board revealed their report on Thursday into the incident that happened on March 5 this year.
What Ford didn’t realize is, while trying to land the plane on the golf course, he clipped a very tall 65-foot tree that sent the plane into the ground faster than expected.
According to TMZ, the report states the carburetor’s main metering jet became loose, which likely stemmed from when the plane was rebuilt 17 years earlier. “The lack of reinforcement allowed the attachment bolt, washers, and stop nut to be pulled upward and through the seatback structure during the impact sequence, which resulted in the pilot’s loss of shoulder harness restraint”, the NTSB said.
Officials work on the scene of a vintage airplane that had been piloted by actor Harrison Ford when it crash-landed in March on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles. The investigation “found that an improperly installed shoulder harness likely contributed to the severity of Ford’s injuries”. This vital piece is necessary for the plane to run as it mixes the proper amounts of gas and air of the engines operating speeds.
The carburetor was last checked in 1998, when the plane underwent extensive restoration and an engine overhaul. But carburetor manuals didn’t offer “pertinent instructions regarding installations or continued maintenance of the jet assemblies”, notes the report.
Ford was recently seen in The Age of Adaline and is in the new Star Wars movie, which opens on December. 18.
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