Actor Harrison Ford will not face any administrative penalties or disciplinary actions from the Federal Aviation Administration for landing his private plane on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in February, his attorney said Monday.
The FAA notified Ford that the agency closed its inquiry into his Feb. 13 landing at the Santa Ana airport, his attorney, Stephen Hofer, said.
The FAA’s “full investigation” into the landing included an interview of Ford, and his pilot certification will not be restricted, according to the attorney.
“In closing the matter, the agency acknowledged Mr. Ford’s long history of compliance with the Federal Aviation regulations and his cooperative attitude during the investigation,” Hofer said.
Ford has had a pilot’s license for more than 20 years and has “logged more than 5,000 hours in the air, and has never been the subject of an FAA administrative or enforcement action,” Hofer said.
The 74-year-old actor best known for roles in “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” films landed his single-engine Aviat Husky plane on a taxiway after flying over an American Airlines Boeing 737 that was holding on the airfield. A short time later, he called the airport tower, and referred to himself as a “schmuck.”
The FAA confirmed the investigation had ended, but declined to provide specifics.
“The FAA has completed its investigation of the incident in which a pilot landed on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport on Feb. 13, 2017,” according to the agency. “The FAA does not comment on cases involving individual airmen. Any letters the FAA issued in connection with this case can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act.”
In 2015, Ford crashed a World War II-vintage plane on a Venice golf course shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Federal investigators said the single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR he was piloting lost engine power, then clipped the top of a tree before crashing in an open area of Penmar Municipal Golf Course on Rose Avenue. Ford was hospitalized for several days for treatment of broken bones.
In 1999, Ford crash-landed a helicopter in Ventura County during a training session, according to the Los Angeles Times. A year later, his six-seat Beechcraft scraped the runway at Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska.
— City News Service