Harrison Ford may lose pilot's license
Actor Harrison Ford had a serious mishap while flying one of his planes, and the incident could potentially cost him his pilot's license.
NBC News reported that Ford, 74, was piloting his private single-engine Husky aircraft at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., on Feb. 13, 2017, when air traffic controllers instructed him to land on runway 20-L. Ford reportedly repeated back the instructions to air traffic control to confirm he'd received them properly, but something still went awry along the way. Ford allegedly aimed for a taxiway instead, and an American Airlines 737 jet carrying 110 passengers and six crew members ended up underneath his plane. Ford was heard on air traffic radio asking, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Thankfully, the American Airlines jet took off safely for Dallas minutes after the incident occurred.
Unfortunately for Ford, although there wasn't a collision, he may still be in hot water. Landing on a taxiway is prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration safety rules, and the FAA is investigating the incident. Penalties range from a warning letter to the suspension of one's pilot's license.
According to NBC News, Ford has a checkered history with flying, but is still regarded as a phenomenal pilot in aviation circles. During a 1999 flight lesson, he crash-landed a helicopter in Ventura County, Calif, and in 2000, he scraped the runway during an emergency landing in Nebraska. His scariest brush with trouble came in 2015, when the engine failed in a vintage World War II era aircraft he was operating, causing him to crash-land on a Santa Monica, Calif. golf course. Ford suffered minor head injuries and a broken arm, later telling investigators he had no memory of the moments just before the accident. The Indiana Jones star was hospitalized for a month, but made a full recovery. An investigation concluded that a loose engine component caused the 2015 crash, reported People, and witnesses said he saved a lot of lives in that incident by rerouting to avoid a line of suburban houses.