Harrison Ford won't face any penalties over runway incident

Carla Harmon
April 4, 2017

"The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted", said his lawyer, Stephen Hofer, in a statement.

The 74-year-old star has continued to man the cockpit during the FAA investigation, and was pictured flying his private plane out of the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California, on Friday.

Aviation safety experts have said that mistakenly landing on a taxiway is a rare occurrence.


But that doesn't mean Ford has had an unblemished flawless flying record, the Times reported.

The FAA has declined to make any comment about the specific incident involving Ford, but has confirmed that the investigation into the incident is complete.

ET can confirm that the 74-year-old actor was told by the Federal Aviation Administration that an investigation into the February 13 incident has been closed and he will not be fined or lose his license. "Any letters the FAA issued in connection with this case can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act".


Patton said he overheard the air traffic controller talking to a Husky and that he thought he was looking forward to seeing the aircraft because many don't come to John Wayne Airport. No one was injured in the incident, and American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew, departed safely. Instead, "you landed on taxiway C", said the controller. "I was distracted by the airliner which was in movement when I turned to the runway and also the big turbulence from the landing". "Mr. Ford retains his pilot's certificate without restriction". Landing on a taxiway is a violation of FAA rules. Ford, who keeps his collection of planes there, chose to travel in his single-engined Cessna Caravan airliner.

Ford collects vintage planes and has had several close calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer after it crashed on a Los Angeles golf course when its engine failed.

He also crash-landed a helicopter during a flying lesson in Ventura County, California, in 1999 and, a year later, his Beechcraft Bonanza scraped the runway during an emergency landing in Nebraska.


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