Harrison Ford 'Very, Very Happy' to Be Back in the Air for the First Time Since Plane Crash

The actor co-piloted a helicopter at Santa Monica airport Thursday

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Harrison Ford is back in the skies.

Days after Ford – who is still recovering from his injuries almost three months after his small plane crashed at a golf course – was spotted driving around Los Angeles in a Tesla, the star was photographed at Santa Monica Airport in the cockpit of his 2013 Bell 407 helicopter.

The Star Wars actor, 72, looked healthy as he walked into the airport dressed in a T-shirt, khakis and baseball cap on Thursday. “This is the first time Harrison was back at the airport since his scary crash landing,” an airport source told PEOPLE.

“Harrison was very, very happy to be back at the airport,” another source told PEOPLE. “He kept smiling and, although walking with a slight limp, looked great.”

“He co-piloted his helicopter and flew up and down the coast with a friend for a couple of hours,” the source added. “He seemed very excited about flying again.”

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Ford’s injuries in the March 5 crash included a large laceration on his scalp as well as broken bones. He spent nearly a month in the hospital, where his wife Calista Flockhart made frequent visits.

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