Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Maybe It Is Time For Harrison Ford To Give Up His Pilot's License
Harrison Ford’s Close Call Plane Incident on Valentine’s Day
In 2015, Harrison Ford was involved in a plane crash and came out as a survivor. Today, Ford was involved in another plane incident, according to NBC News. Ford was piloting his private plane, a single engine Aviat Husky, when he had a very close call with a commercial American Airlines plane. While flying, Ford was instructed by air traffic control to land on runway 20-L at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. He ended up passing directly over an American Airlines flight and landed on a taxiway, which is highly dangerous. In addition, NBC reports that his landing on a taxiway is actually a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules, so Ford could definitely be in hot water.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now launched an investigation that could potentially result in the suspension of Ford’s pilot license. The FAA released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter in regards to the incident:
Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon. The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating this incident.
After Harrison Ford landed his plane, he radioed into the tower and asked, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
Ford’s 2015 plane crash involved a World War II airplane, which resulted in a broken arm and other minor injuries. The crash-landing occurred on a California golf course after the plane’s engine failed. People reports that a loose engine part was the culprit.
According to The Week, Ford has been involved in a couple other airplane incidents over the years. In 2000, Ford’s plane “scraped the runway” while making an emergency landing at Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska. He also “crash-landed” a helicopter during a flight lesson in 1999.
Harrison is a collector of vintage planes and has been inducted as a Living Legend of Aviation, according to NBC.