Harrison Ford Is Flying Another Plane After Close Call

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2017

Harrison Ford has nearly crashed on a passenger jet while he was about to land his small plane in an airport in California recently.

LOS ANGELES-Hollywood star Harrison Ford was involved in a near-miss at a California airport as he was piloting his private plane, officials and USA media said on Tuesday.

During the landing, Ford flew over an American Airline passenger plane with 116 total people onboard. Ford is heard asking air traffic controllers in a recording, NBC reported Tuesday.


Aviation officials and experts say, according to an LA Times article, that Ford's close call with the other airline was "unusual" and "troubling".

The Federal Aviation Administration is now involved in investigating why Ford, who has been piloting private aircraft for years, to the detriment of himself and people in the Los Angeles area, chose to bring his plane down in the middle of John Wayne Airport's road system, rather than on a runway. "The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway". He is certified to fly and land planes, seaplanes and helicopters, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

If Ford is proven to be negligent, a penalty from a warning to a suspension of his license can be imposed. It departed safely a few minutes later after the incident.


Ford, who is being investigated by the FAA for the flubbed landing, has been involved in multiple flying incidents in the past, most recently breaking his ankle and pelvis in a 2015 crash in Santa Monica, Calif. after reporting engine failure.

In 1999, during a training flight with his instructor, Ford crash-landed his helicopter in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. Ford suffered a broken arm and minor head injuries when he crash-landed a World War II plane on a Santa Monica golf course two years ago, after the carburetor failed. In the next, in 2000, a gust of wind blew a Beechcraft Bonanza piloted by Ford off the runway, and neither he nor his passenger were injured. He received an award for that heroic act.


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