Harrison Ford has jet run-in at California airport
Feb 17 2017 by Francis Osborne
Just days after his near-collison at John Wayne airport, actor Harrison Ford was back piloting a plane!
Experts heaped praise on Ford, insisting his skills as a pilot helped him land the plane without threatening any lives.
The 74-year-old actor, who looked well dressed in dark jeans, sunglasses, a blazer and shirt, was spotted boarding a green Cessna Citation Sovereign 680 at Santa Monica Airport with his copilot before the pair jetted off together, on Thursday morning.
"Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" He says the plane was "very close to the ground" when it banked and "hit hard" on the taxiway seconds later.
Ford's mistake saw his plane just pass over the American Airlines 737, carrying more than 100 passengers, which was waiting to use nearby 20-R.
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They said they had a considerable backlog of cases and it could be weeks before they are able to process Ford, who was in a serious plane crash in 2015 but has been described by several airports as an excellent pilot.
According to AirSafe.com, which records plane crash information compiled from the FAA, this is Ford's third crash or near-crash. It may be in the best interest of the state of California to, if not revoke Ford's pilot license, ensure that the actor is allowed to fly only when there are no other planes in the sky, or on the ground, and people have been evacuated from the immediate area.
In 1999, Ford crash-landed his helicopter during a training flight in which he and an instructor were practicing auto rotations in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.
Fortunately, at least for the cast and crew of Star Wars, Ford's character Han Solo died in the last film, Episode VII, so he can't delay production with this latest incident. Ford and his passenger were uninjured when the plane clipped the runway, but its wing tips were damaged, officials said. Ford was seriously injured in the accident and the NTSB traced the cause to a failed part inside the engine's carburetor.