ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

Harrison Ford is no rookie when it comes to flying — both as his iconic Star Wars character and in real life. Having said this, life may not imitate art, as the fastest pilot in the galaxy was involved in a near-fatal incident at John Wayne Airport in California, when the actor had problems landing on what he thought was the runway.

#HarrisonFord was flying his private plane in Southern California, and attempted to land in Orange County's John Wayne airport. However, Mr. Ford's plane attempted to land on a taxiway, where he flew dangerously low over a Boeing 737 full of passengers and crew destined for Dallas.

Yes you, Harrison [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Yes you, Harrison [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have launched a full investigation. According to NBC News — who first reported the story — Ford can be heard questioning air traffic control, asking "was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

The FAA have released a statement, but they do not mention Ford by name. They also do not mention how close he came to hitting the passenger plane.

“Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon. The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating this incident.”

Orange County's John Wayne airport [Credit: Wikicommons]
Orange County's John Wayne airport [Credit: Wikicommons]

In 2014, Harrison Ford was involved in a serious crash when his plane suffered engine failure and crash-landed in a Venice gold course. Ford suffered several broken bones and a head injury that has since healed.

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Ford has been flying for decades, logging thousands of hours in the air. He also collects vintage places, and has licences to fly everything from helicopters to sea-planes. Like Han, a highly experienced pilot.

Despite the fact that no one was hurt, there is a chance Ford might have his license suspended — but let's just hope it's a slap on the wrist and/or a fine so that he can jump right back into the Millennium Falcon.


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