In 2015, a million “Get off my plane” jokes were born after Harrison Ford crash landed on a golf course in Venice, CA. Harrison busted up his pepaw body and had to spend some time in the hospital. Before that, Harrison crash-landed a helicopter in 1999 and scraped the runway during an emergency landing 2000. 74-year-old Harrison is still at it and today, he was involved in another airplane mess. But this time he didn’t crash or end up with injuries. But the FAA has opened up an investigation into what happened.
NBC News says that yesterday afternoon, Harrison was solo (sorry) while flying one of his Snoopy planes (aka a single-engine Husky) and wanted to land at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA. Air traffic controllers told the Billy Joel of the air to land on runway 20-L, but Harrison apparently got confused, because he aimed for a taxiway instead. NBC News says that Harrison had a near miss with an American Airlines 737 filled with around 116 people. Indiana Jones seemed surprised as to why that runway had a jet taxiing on it.
“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
Air traffic controllers then informed Ford that he had landed on a taxiway rather than the runway.
Landing on a taxiway is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules.
While driving once, an old man tried to get into my lane and he didn’t see me. His car grazed against mine and when he noticed me, he screamed, “Why are you there?!” Harrison’s “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” line gave me shades of that.
The FAA investigation’s could lead to either a simple warning letter or the suspension of Harrison’s pilot’s license.
I’m no pilot, but I always thought that any landing that isn’t a crash landing is a good landing! But still, I’m sure Calista Flockhart is thinking of hiding Harrison’s keys and getting him a much safer plane. You know, something like this: