Warmer Weekend/Harrison Ford Plane Crash/Controversy Over 3D Ultrasounds

Warmer Weekend/Harrison Ford Plane Crash/Controversy Over 3D Ultrasounds


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(RNN) – Piloting a small plane, actor

in Venice, CA. ?

The Los Angeles Fire Department Twitter confirmed a "small aircraft" went down on Penmar Golf Course near the Santa Monica airport.

Citing privacy laws, a fire department spokesman said they could not identify the pilot, but said he was around 70 years old and was transported to an area hospital in in fair to moderate condition. He was conscious and breathing at the time of rescue. ?

There were no other injuries. Ford, 72, is expected to make a full recovery.

Ford reported engine failure after takeoff, the Associated Press reports, and told air-traffic controllers he was going to return to the airport. The plane appears to have clipped the top of a tree.

AP said the plane appeared to be World War II-era Ryan PT-22 Recruit.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash.

Ford's son, Ben Ford, tweeted "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man."

Ford began taking flight lessons in the 1960s, but said he had to give it up because lessons were too expensive. He picked up lessons once again many years later.

One of the biggest thrills of being pregnant is seeing your baby for the first time.

Improving technology is now giving parents a much clearer view of their little one through


But doctors and the FDA are warning this may be a bad choice for the parents and the baby.

26-year-old Donquesha Williams got an ultrasound at a mall, in a place called Meet Your Baby.

"These are going to go in my photo album. I get to actually see him, like you know, so I'm excited and everything," said Williams.

Meet Your Baby is one of a growing number of facilities offering 3D fetal images of unborn children as keepsakes.

Michael Horan is the owner.

"We use the same machine as the doctor. Our techs spend a little more time to get a more enjoyable session out of it," Horan said.

And more time is part of what the FDA and some doctors are concerned about. While ultrasounds are considered safe, they do raise the temperature of exposed tissue and can even create small bubbles known as cavitation.

"I know that they are exciting but I don't think women should abuse the medical technology for their entertainment purposes," says Dr. Rebecca Brightman, an OB/GYN.

In fact, the FDA released a consumer update on the practice:

"The long-term effects of tissue heating and cavitation are not known. Therefore, ultrasound scans should be done only when there is a medical need."

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