Harrison Ford Just Had a Near Miss at a California Airport
Fun fact: if you’re a passenger on an airliner, you’re more likely to be hit by Harrison Ford than by a drone.
Ok, not really. But the 74 year-old Hollywood legend has just gotten himself into another scrape while indulging his passion for flying.
NBC News reported that on Monday Ford’s single-engine Aviat Husky narrowly avoided colliding with an American Airlines 737 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., after he tried to land on the airport’s taxiway instead of its runway (thereby violating Federal Aviation Administration safety rules).
The 737, Flight AA1456 to Dallas, left a few minutes later without any further incident, according to NBC.
“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford reportedly asked of air traffic controllers.
It’s less than two years since the Star Wars and Indiana Jones star crash-landed a World War II-era plane on a Santa Monica golf course after its engine failed, in an incident where he drew plaudits for steering it away from an inhabited area close by. Ford was seriously injured in that crash.
NBC said the incident has prompted an FAA investigation, which could result in anything from a slap-on-the-wrist warning letter to a suspension of Ford’s license.
Or maybe a request that he just get Chewie back in to do the navigating.