U.S. FAA probing runway incident involving actor Harrison Ford – media


FILE PHOTO: Cast member Harrison Ford poses at the premiere of “The Call of the Wild” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

(Reuters) – The United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was piloting a small plane that wrongly crossed a runway where another aircraft was landing, U.S. media reported late on Wednesday citing an FAA statement.

There was no danger of a crash in the incident that occurred last week at an airport in southern California, according to an FAA statement cited by the New York Times.

A publicist for Ford told media the actor misheard a radio instruction from the air traffic controller (ATC).

“He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error,” Ina Treciokas, Ford’s publicist, said.

“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 planes had come within 1,100 meters of each other at the Hawthorne airport in Los Angeles last Friday.

The actor, who played swashbuckling space smuggler Han Solo in the “Star Wars” film franchise, was at the controls of a two-seat Aviat Husky light plane in the incident.

Ford, 77, had also come under investigation in 2017 after he mistakenly flew his single-engine private plane over an American Airlines passenger jet and landed on a taxiway, rather than a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

The FAA did not discipline the actor over that incident, but asked him to complete awareness training.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Alex Richardson

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