Harrison Ford investigated over LA runway incident
- Author: Michelle Webb May 01, 2020,
May 01, 2020, 0:12
The org said Ford was piloting a light aircraft that crossed a runway where another aircraft was landing, though the planes were abut 3,600ft apart and there was no danger of a crash.
77-year-old Ford, who played maverick pilot Han Solo in Star Wars, landed at Hawthorne Airport in Southern California last Friday and was asked to "hold short" on the runway due to other traffic.
"He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error", the spokeswoman said, referring to air traffic control.
He is a collector of vintage aircraft and has held a private pilot's license for more than 20 years.
Camera IconThe Indiana Jones actor accelerated onto the runway and began crossing, with the operator angrily saying the veteran pilot had ignored his instructions.
Ford landed his single-engine Aviat Husky on Taxiway C at midday February 13, 2017, after being cleared by air traffic control to use runway 20L. "No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision", they added.
A representative for the actor said the objective of the flight was to "maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft".
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"Excuse me, sir, I thought exactly the opposite", Ford responded.
A publicist for Ford told media the actor misheard a radio instruction from the air traffic controller (ATC).
It is not the first time Ford has found himself in hot water with aviation authorities.
In 2015 he also crashed a WWII era plane on a golf course after having engine troubles.
Ford made headlines in 2017 for a similar incident at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., in which his Aviat Husky almost collided with a 100-passenger Boeing 737 and proceeded to land on the wrong part of the tarmac.
The FAA required Ford to take awareness training after the 2017 incident, but did not reprimand him. Three years ago before landing his aircraft on a taxiway in California, he passed over another with 116 passengers on board.