Ford crashed his Volvo into a telephone pole as a 20-year-old and though he has the wound to prove it, the accident is hardly the most serious accident he has ever been in. Eleven years ago, while Ford was training as a pilot, he was practicing a point of technique with his instructor in a helicopter near Santa Clarita, California when a mistake brought the chopper down for a hard landing. The helicopter crashed onto a dry riverbed, slid forward in the sand, and rolled over onto its side. Neither he, nor his instructor, was injured. Air Force One should probably not be trusted in his hands.