Harrison Ford Almost Crashes Into a Passenger Jet
Despite it sounding like a typical Harrison Ford action scene, the Tuesday’s incident involving the famed Hollywood actor was very much a real-world crisis. As he was trying to land his private plane at a California airport, Ford had a near-miss with an American Airlines 737 that was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members on board. Fortunately, there was no collision and the passenger jet departed for Dallas a couple of minutes later without further issues.
The exact circumstances of the incident are still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. What we know so far is that Harrison Ford got the clearance to land his single-engine Aviat Husky on a runway; however, he then aimed straight for the taxiway which runs parallel to the runway. In doing so, Ford passed directly over a Boeing that was just preparing to take off. According to NBC, Ford asked the air traffic controllers whether the airliner is supposed to be underneath him right before the near-miss would occur.
Strangely enough, the FAA stated that the pilot read back the clearance correctly shortly before the incident. As landing on a taxiway is a violation of the safety rules, the FAA will have to take a closer look into this matter. This could result in everything from a simple warning to a suspension of Ford’s license.
The Hollywood star’s history of aircraft incidents is only getting longer. Two years ago, he crash-landed a WWII-era plane on a Santa Monica golf course following an engine failure. He was praised for keeping a cool head under pressure and managing to keep the airplane away from the houses. He came away from the crash with some minor head injuries and a broken arm.
The beginning of the new century was a particularly heady time for Harrison Ford and his piloting adventures. In 1999, he crash-landed his helicopter during a flying lesson in California. A year later, he scraped the runway during an emergency landing in Nebraska. He’s also reported to have rescued multiple stranded hikers in his helicopter in 2001, while taking part in local search and rescue missions.
Ford has been an avid pilot since he bought a Gulfstream II back in the mid-90s. He now owns many vintage planes and claims to have clocked more than 5,200 hours while flying aircraft. He’s a respected pilot in aviation circles, as evidenced by the fact he was inducted as a Living Legend of Aviation by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.
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