Harrison Ford Opens Up About Recent Airplane Error, Carrie Fisher Affair

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Harrison Ford got candid, admitting fault for landing his private plane on a taxiway earlier this year, in a new interview.

In February, Ford, who is a pilot, was involved in a “potentially serious” landing incident at John Wayne Airport in Orange County when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway instead of a runway, putting him in close proximity to a passenger plane with 110 people inside.

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In an interview with GQ, Ford discussed the incident, describing it as “thoroughly embarrassing.”

Although he admitted fault, he also clarified what happened.

“I didn’t fly over him, and it wasn’t a near miss,” he said. “Officially, I admitted to two of the common mental processes that can lead a pilot to making a mistake — distraction and fixation.”

Ford said he was distracted during the incident because he had just visited his 101-year-old aunt in hospice care. “I was thinking about a couple of other things. And it was a good landing,” he added. “In the wrong place.”

The “Indiana Jones” actor said he hadn’t anticipated the weeks of media scrutiny to come.

“I thought that I would suffer the consequences,” he continued. “I knew I f—ed up. I knew what process I would have to go through. I even knew it would be in the newspapers. I didn’t know it would be for weeks. And that I would be Mike Flynn’s new best friend. Because he was in the shitbox, and it took him out of the news cycle.”

Prior to his most recent plane trouble, Ford crashed his aircraft in a golf course, due to a faulty carburetor, shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport in 2015, suffering injuries to his head, pelvis, and vertebrae.

In the interview, the actor also addressed Carrie Fisher’s memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” in which she revealed a secret three-month affair with Ford from their days on the set of the original “Star Wars.”

“It was strange. For me,” he said about the 2016 book.

“Um, to a degree,” he said when asked if the actress had given him advance warning. “Yes.”

“You know, with Carrie’s untimely passing, I don’t really feel that it’s a subject that I want to discuss,” Ford added.

Fisher died in December after suffering a massive heart attack.

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  1. Weary says:

    Any average joe who did this would probably be grounded by the FAA.

    • Steven Sheldon Kane says:

      The FAA has not yet finished its investigation of this incident and Ford will be treated exactly the same as any other pilot. It is still possible that he may suffer a suspension of his license. There was substantial separation between Ford’s aircraft and the commercial plane on a parallel runway and he did not “fly over” that aircraft as reported by the fake news media. The power-off golf course landing in 2015 had nothing to do with pilot error since it occurred due to engine failure in a restored vintage airplane. Although landing in the wrong place is a serious error, the incident was hyped and overblown by the know-nothing media. So, he made a mistake. It is quite minor compared with the ridiculous, thoughtless and often criminal behavior displayed by most celebrities. Ford is an experienced pilot and I am sure that he will accept the FAA’s judgment in this case.

  2. MovieBabble says:

    Ford is just a fascinating character. One of the few people who’s personal life is just as interesting as his onscreen presence. Athough these events could have ended in tragedy, it’s amazing to think that one of the best actors of his time is also a pilot in his spare time.

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