Harrison Ford Involved in ‘Potentially Serious’ Passenger Plane Incident (Report)

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Harrison Ford was involved in a “potentially serious” incident while piloting his private plane on Monday which is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report by NBC Nightly News.

The actor mistakenly attempted to land on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which put him near a full passenger plane, according to the report. The FAA told Variety that it does not identify people involved in aircraft incidents or accidents, but issued the following statement on Tuesday:


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“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.”

The passenger plane, American Airlines 737, was reportedly loaded with 110 passengers and a six-person crew. Ford was allegedly heard on an air traffic control recording saying, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Controllers then apparently informed Ford that he was landing on a taxiway instead of runway 20-L.

Ford’s rep declined to comment on the situation on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old “Star Wars” actor has had decades of flying experience, but has also had a series of crashes and close calls. Most recently, in March 2015, he made an emergency landing in a World War II-era airplane on a Santa Monica golf course after its engine failed. Ford suffered a broken arm and minor head injuries, but has since made a full recovery.

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  1. Jim says:

    He must have been busy dumping his cargo shipment at the first sign of an Imperial jet.

  2. Ronnie Verne says:

    Hey Dude that’s why they paint the great big numbers on each end of them.

  3. Steve Hansen says:

    I’m a Baby Boomer and I like Harrison Ford but . . . I think it’s time to take the keys away from Grandpa.

  4. As a former air traffic controller, I wonder why the local controller didn’t order a “go around”? Wasn’t s/he watching the landing traffic? With the American Airline’s jet ready for take off, it would have been prudent to watch him land so the American pilot could be told to “taxi into position and hold”.

  5. Jean Paul says:

    Has anyone bothered to look at the runway markings? Pull up John Wayne airport in Google maps and the taxi way is clearly marked 20L. The runway is 20R. Looks like the air traffic controller was the one who made the mistake!

    • ann Parey says:

      As a retired Air Force nurse, Mr. Ford displayed classic sign of hypoxia and has nothing to do with his competence as a pilot. I had this happen to a very good family friend. He had a blockage of his carotid artery which caused the hypoxia at altitude. This is not uncommon in anyone over the age of 40 years. Please Mr. Ford, have those arteries checked.

    • Wes says:

      NO, he landed his plane on a TAXI-WAY…clear and simple. As for the tower- they did nothing wrong. Witnesses said it was total incompetence on his part confusing the taxi-way with the runway. Ford, above all, should never have flown his plane right over the 737 like that. Seriously, WTF?!

    • Taxiways are not marked with runway designators. 20L would indicate Runway 20 Left, meaning it was the parallel runway to 20R. The taxiway for 20R crosses the approach end of 20L. Ford was cleared to land on 20R which he acknowledged, but he lined up for and landed on runway 20L, not on a taxiway as reported by the news. Still, the controller should have been watching him land and issued a “go around” when s/he noticed he was landing on the wrong runway. This airport design needs to be reviewed. The local controller could have issued a “traffic” advisory of the American jet holding for takeoff.

  6. RLB says:

    “Ford was allegedly heard on an air traffic control recording saying, ‘Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?'”

    He must have had a bad feeling about that…

  7. Je Vizzusi says:

    I would think that if the Investigation concludes pilot error or negligence that could of resulted in a potential disaster for both his aircraft and the aircraft on the ground, Suspension of his license seems to be in order if found at fault.

    Aviators most noteable Howard Hughes never wanted to quit flying no matter what age.

    Seems that Ford has the same blood. Maybe he could just use rural airports for now on.


  8. IT--II--IT says:

    This endless – — endless
    ——————— – – 100% INTEL RUN
    ————————————– – – Hollywood franchise slum.


  9. loco73 says:

    I think Harrison Ford is losing his marbles!!! Jesus…dude…you do know you are not actually Han Solo and your plane is not the actual Millennium Falcon?! And the auto-pilot is not Chewie!!!!!

    Please stop, just stop flying before you kill yourself and worse cause the unnecessary death of other people (who are not stormtroopers)!!!!

  10. Mr. Bigly says:

    Can I just ask what is up with that damn earring he wears?

  11. Alex says:

    Harrison Ford to star in, “Airplane 3: The Sequel of the Sequel”

  12. Bob King says:


  13. Alex says:

    …he then drove all the way home with the left turn signal on

  14. Damon Tammas says:

    Where is his family in this? We had to take my mom’s keys away, and as difficult as that was for a while, after a 4th ‘fender bender’ we had to make a hard decision, to protect her as well as others. Enough already, Ford.

  15. Harrison For according to his friends he needs to have his license pulled he’s a joke the rumor is hit by his close friend that he’s always been a lousy pilot. He was and is a lousy actor.

  16. Harrison Ford is a lousy pilot according to his best friend’s he’s always been a lousy pilot he needs his license revoked he’s a joke

  17. Blackcatprowl says:

    Sounds like bad airport design. Good thing Harrison is a good pilot!

  18. Bill says:

    Maybe Calista should invest in some Ambien and a flight simulator?

  19. Joe Doakes says:

    Pick yourself some airport waaaaaay out in the boonies and do your flying there. Aim for a remote and soft spot when you make your final crash. There have been a number of them.

  20. noel says:

    eh maybe Ford hasn’t recovered from that last head injury.

  21. Gloating Rich Guy says:

    No, no you’re other right!!!!!!

  22. Steven says:

    Let Chewbacca drive.

    • Chewbacca says:

      Yeah let me take over! Love you Han but at 74 I would question people’s driving skills let alone their flying skills. This is not a green screen.

      And what is the max flying age?Clearly Han is still grieving and is distracted. Time to ground you bro.

      Please FAA.

      • Lando says:

        Chewie is like a 592 years old in Wookie years. Don’t let him fool you. Remember neither of them had a clue how to fix the hyperdrive.

  23. Joe Doakes says:

    You’ve pressed your luck, Harrison. Time to stop your nonsense before you kill a lot of people.

  24. SPIKE says:

    Harrison…pal….buddy…I know how much you like flying, but you’re gettin’ long in the tooth, buddy. It’s time to hang up your pilot’s license as a memento of the past. Actually, the FAA should cancel your license.

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