Star Wars production company admits health and safety breaches after Harrison Ford broke leg on Millennium Falcon

Harrison Ford. Picture by PA.

Harrison Ford. Picture by PA.

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A film production company has admitted health and safety breaches after an incident in which Hollywood star Harrison Ford was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship while filming the latest Star Wars movie.

Ford, who was knocked to the ground and pinned down by the heavy door, could have been killed in the incident as he rehearsed during shooting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire on June 12, 2014, a court heard.

The then 71-year-old was reprising his role as Han Solo when he was hit by the door, which had been designed to mimic the action of a door on the original set.

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, which is owned by Disney, admitted two breaches under health and safety law.

Prosecuting at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court, Andrew Marshall said that Ford had gone through the door with another actor and hit a button,

He started to walk back through the door, believing the set was not live and that it would not close.

But the court heard it was remotely operated by another person, and that as the star passed underneath it he was hit in the pelvic area and pinned to the ground.

Mr Marshall said there was a "risk of death", saying: "It could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn't was because an emergency stop was activated."