Harrison Ford Piloting Incident Under Investigation by FAA
The FAA is looking into an incident in which Harrison Ford crossed a runway at Hawthorne Airport while another aircraft was landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently looking into an incident at Los Angeles’ Hawthorne Airport involving Harrison Ford.
The actor, 77, crossed a runway at the airport where another aircraft was landing while flying his plane on April 24.
"Mr. Ford crossed the airport's only runway in his aircraft after he misheard a radio instruction from ATC. He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error," a representative for Ford said in a statement. "The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft. No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision."
The FAA confirmed the incident, in which the two aircraft were approximately 3600 feet apart, CNN reports.
"The FAA is investigating an incident in which the pilot of an Aviat Husky taxied across the runway at Hawthorne Municipal Airport Friday afternoon while another aircraft was performing a touch-and-go landing," an FAA spokesperson said in an email statement.
Ford, an avid flyer, has been involved in several piloting incidents in the past.
Two years prior, Ford crash-landed at a Santa Monica golf course after encountering engine trouble. Ford, who was flying a yellow vintage fighter plane, suffered a broken arm and lacerations to his scalp.
“He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” a rep for Ford said in a statement at the time, adding that the actor’s injuries were “not life-threatening.”
Ford had another scare in the summer of 2000 when his six-passenger plane took a hard landing in Lincoln, Nebraska, but the actor was not hurt. In 1999, he crash-landed a helicopter while practicing emergency landings with a flight instructor.