Inside Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford's Unshakable Marriage

"Flying is something they've shared," a source tells PEOPLE of the pair

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When Harrison Ford was taken to the emergency room on March 5 after a frightening plane crash, his wife Calista Flockhart rushed to his side – and that’s where she remained for hours as he underwent treatment for his injuries.

“Calista spent most of the weekend by Harrison’s side,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She arrived early every morning and returned home late every night. She was under stress.”

For those who know the family, Flockhart’s love and dedication for her husband at the time of the accident is no surprise.

“Harrison and Calista are all about family life,” an insider says of the couple, who wed in 2010 after more than eight years together and are parents to 14-year-old son Liam. “Their life before and after they got married is focused on Liam.”

Although Ford, 72, and Flockhart, 50, are both press-shy and reserved in public, their private dynamic is far different.

“They are very playful with each other,” says an industry insider, “and they often seem to operate a bit in their own world together.”

Over the years, the pair have spent countless hours enjoying one of their favorite mutual pastimes.

“Calista loves to fly, and I’m thrilled because it’s so important to me and it’s the kind of thing that’s so much more fun with somebody who really enjoys it,” Ford told PEOPLE in 2003.

“Calista likes the process, she likes what she sees from the air, she likes seeing me happy,” Ford continued. “I think a lot of it has to do with that she loves to see me doing something that I love.”

For her part, Flockhart said she had complete confidence in her husband’s piloting skills. “I had always been a little nervous about flying, but when we went for the first time – I think to Santa Barbara – I wasn’t nervous at all,” she said in 2003. “I loved it.”

“I also think I love it because I really trust Harrison,” she continued. “And we take Liam flying all the time and he loves it.”

As Ford continues to recover from the crash – that a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report states was caused by “substantial damage following a loss of engine power” – Flockhart, who is heading back to work on Supergirl, remains close by her husband’s side.

“Flying is something they’ve shared,” a source tells PEOPLE, adding, “This whole thing must be terrifying.”

For more on how Flockhart is helping Ford heal after his crash, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday


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