Harrison Ford landed his plane on the wrong runway/taxiway, nobody was harmed


Harrison Ford had a serious case of life imitating art back in 2015 when he had to make an emergency landing in a vintage plane on a Venice, California golf course. Thankfully he survived the crash and no one was harmed. His prowess as a pilot is credited with preventing others from being injured.

Yesterday, Ford had another aviation mishap, and it could have been much more serious. According to NBC News, Ford was instructed to land his single-engine private plane on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. Ford mistook a parallel taxiway for the runway, flying over an American Airlines 737 with 110 passengers and 6 crew members. Thankfully this error resulted in no injuries or damage to the planes; the American Airlines flight took off minutes after this incident occurred.

According to NBC News, Ford asked air traffic control, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” He probably adjusted his fedora right after and blamed his father for the incident.

Landing on a taxiway is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration rules. The FAA will investigate the incident, though it’s unclear what punishment, if any, Ford will receive. NBC News notes that it could be anything from a warning letter to a suspension of his flying license.

[NBC News via THR]

Hubert Vigilla
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