Perhaps he’s better off piloting the Millenium Falcon.
Actor-pilot Harrison Ford is under investigation for a “runway incursion” at Hawthrone Municipal Airport, a Los Angeles-area airfield near LAX.
TMZ reports Mr. Ford landed at HHR last Friday. He exited the runway before taxiing to the other end. Meanwhile, another plane was an approach. That pilot was practicing touch-and-gos.
The tower’s air traffic controller reportedly told Mr. Ford to hold short of the runway.
“It’s apparent the 77-year-old pilot didn’t hear it,” TMZ says, “because he accelerated onto the runway and began crossing. You then hear the tower operator angrily say Harrison ignored his instructions, and the actor profusely apologizes, saying he heard the exact opposite — that he was cleared to cross the runway.”
TMZ stresses “there was no danger of a crash” because “the other plane was 3,600 feet away.”
The news outlet adds he was “getting his license updated so he could participate in more relief efforts. Over the years, he’s flown humanitarian missions in Haiti, he’s worked with Doctors Without Borders, and has helped rescue stranded hikers in Wyoming.”
Harrison Ford’s Two Other Incidents
Mr. Ford’s most high profile incident is probably his crash landing on a golf course near Santa Monica Airport in 2015. That was linked (no golf pun intended) to a faulty carburetor.
A couple of years later, though, he earned the ire of Orange County John Wayne Airport air traffic controllers — after landing on a taxiway, buzzing an American Airlines plane.
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