Harrison Ford Under FAA Investigation After Runway Error While Operating Plane
By Antoinette Bueno
Harrison Ford was involved in a runway incursion -- where an unauthorized aircraft or vehicle is on a runway -- while flying his plane last Friday.
According to the recorded conversation between the 77-year-old actor and air traffic control at Hawthorne Airport in California on Friday, an operator asks Ford to "hold short on runway" because there is traffic. The operator then scolds Ford after he doesn't do as told, and Ford apologizes.
"Excuse me, sir, I thought exactly the opposite, I'm terribly sorry," Ford says.
ET has learned that the Aviat plane Ford was piloting crossed the western end of the runway while the other aircraft was taking off approximately 3,600 feet to the east. A rep for the actor tells ET in a statement that while Ford misheard radio instruction, there was never any danger of a plane collision.
"Actor and pilot Harrison Ford was involved in a runway incursion April 24th at the Hawthorne Airport," the statement reads. "Mr. Ford crossed the airport's only runway in his aircraft after he misheard a radio instruction from ATC. He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error. 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."
Meanwhile, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson tells ET, "The FAA is investigating an incident in which the pilot of an Aviat Husky taxied across the runway at Hawthorne Municipal Airport Friday afternoon while another aircraft was performing a touch-and-go landing."
The incident isn't the first time Ford has been under investigation by the FAA. In February 2017, Ford flew over a passenger plane at a California airport and then landed on a taxiway instead of the runway. The actor wasn't fined and didn't lose his pilot's license as a result of the incident.
"I remember the engine stopping, I remember that part very well," he recalled. "I remember telling the tower what I was going to do and I remember their suggestion. Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew that I wasn't going to do that. So I said 'no.'"
"And that's the last thing I remember until five days afterwards," he continued. "I'm told by the doctors that the amount of general anesthetic that I received … gave me retrograde amnesia."
In April 2017, Ford poked fun at his flying mishaps during his surprise appearance at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Watch the video below for more: