Harrison Ford Will Not Lose Pilot License After Close Call On Runway
Harrison Ford will not lose his pilot license or be fined following his close call on a runway in February with a passenger plane at Orange County airport.
On Monday, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration investigation into the 74-year-old actor’s incident had been completed and the FAA found that no further steps will be taken against the “Star Wars” actor. The incident involved Ford landing his private Aviat Husky plane on the taxiway near another plane attempting to take off instead of on a runway he was cleared for. (RELATED: Harrison Ford Involved In Incident With Passenger Plane While Flying)
“The Federal Aviation Administration has notified Mr. Ford that the agency has closed its inquiry into his landing at the Santa Ana, Orange County Airport on February 13, 2017,” Ford’s attorney Stephen Hofer said. “The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted. Mr. Ford retains his pilot’s certificate without restriction.” (RELATED: Harrison Ford Hospitalized After Plane Crash [PHOTOS])
“They concluded that, first of all, Mr. Ford never placed anyone at risk,” he added. “His aircraft passed over at a very substantial distance from the airliner. The landing on the taxiway was in part driven by a warning that he had been given that an airbus that was many times larger than his Husky, was landing on the parallel runway. There was a strong likelihood that he would be exposed to very significant wake turbulence. He made a course adjustment and that affected the landing. And that is how he ended up on the taxiway way instead of the parallel runway, which should be noted is really very close.”
The FAA also released at statement that they don’t comment on investigations.
“The FAA has completed its investigation of the incident in which a pilot landed on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport on Feb. 13, 2017,” the statement read. “The FAA does not comment on cases involving individual airmen.”
The actor was involved in another aviation incident in March of 2015 when he crashed his plane onto a Santa Monica golf course, suffering minor injuries.