On February 13, the world was slightly shocked by news that actor/treasure hunter/space pirate Harrison Ford was involved in a serious incident while landing his private plane at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. But until now, fans had to content themselves with boring FAA descriptions of this major f***up. Thankfully, video of the near-miss has finally been released.
Here it is with more footage:
In the clip, Ford's single-engine Husky can be seen swooping dangerously low over a 737 passenger jet as it was taxiing on the runway. If it doesn't look like much to you, that's because you've been watching too many Harrison Ford movies.
According to the FAA statement:
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.
That's a big deal. (Ford also reportedly asked controllers, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”) If he had made the same mixup seconds later, he could have blown up both planes. It's possible he could lose his pilot's license over this, after more than 50 years of flying and collecting vintage planes.
Harrison Ford is a legendary movie star and a personal favorite of many people, including your author. He clearly doesn't mean any harm, but it may be time for the 74-year-old to give up his favorite hobby.