The actor best known for playing Han Solo in the Star Wars films almost had a potentially fatal plane crash earlier this week. NBC is reporting, that after air traffic control informed Ford to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, Ford mistakenly landed it on a close by taxiway (a violation of FAA policy), flying dangerously close to a parked American Airlines Jet with 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The 74 year old Ford, was heard asking the air traffic controllers, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?â€
It should be noted that both Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, declined to comment and that a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Ian Gregor, couldn’t confirm if it was indeed Ford piloting the single-engine plane. However, the spokesman did confirm that the pilot had the proper landing instructions and read them back to control.
This is not Ford’s first brush with near fatal aeronautical mishaps. The most infamous crash occurred in 2015 when Ford lost power to a WWII era plane and he crash landed in the middle of a Los Angeles golf course, where he was seriously injured. Ford was hailed for crashing this plane in a non populated area and potentially saved lives.
In 1999, Ford along with his instructor, crash landed a helicopter in Ventura County. Neither of them were hurt. In 2000, Ford and a passenger clipped a runway in an emergency landing at Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska, where also no injuries were reported.
Even Ford’s character Han Solo is not safe from the only space vehicle that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. While shooting a scene on the Millennium Falcon in The Force Awakens, a hydraulic door failed, breaking Ford’s leg, and a court ruled that Ford could have actually been killed, had a safety switch not had been activated in time.
Harrison Ford is considered by many to be an expert pilot. However, I would hate to lose another Star Wars icon, and a really nice guy from reports I have heard. I am sure his family and friends feel about 3872 times more concerned than simply a fan like myself does. Is it time for Ford to hang up his flight wings?