When Harrison Ford, 74, isn’t being surly or anchoring blockbuster movie franchises, he’s got another hobby – terrorizing the skies!
Kylo Ren’s daddy is currently the subject of an FAA investigation stemming from an incident last weekend, where he reportedly landed his plane on a taxiway instead of a runway at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. His reported question to the tower – “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” – will live on in celebrity pilot mishap infamy.
According to TMZ (via People), that wasn’t the only potentially terrifying thing he said over his radio that day. Harrison also reportedly misidentified what kind of vehicle he was piloting, and he was supposedly broadcasting to the incorrect tower, at first. He’s aware that flying first class nowadays is totally luxurious and comfy, right? Can someone get Calista Flockhart to tell him that?
In newly released audio obtained by TMZ, the Star Wars legend is told his tail number, “Husky Niner Hotel Uniform,” and a personal code of 0214. However, Ford responds by stumbling over his words, telling the control tower that he was flying a helicopter rather than his single-engine plane.
The 74-year-old actor is also told his radio transmission was made to the wrong tower — rather than switching to the Los Angeles tower, he’s still communicating with the Santa Monica Airport from which he departed.
One of the scarier things about this incident is that there were 110 people on the Dallas-bound airliner he swooped over during his little aeronautical oopsie. It’s entirely possible that the piloting equivalent of the RMV may have erred in giving Indiana his pilot’s license.
Among other piloting mishaps in the past, he crash-landed his plane on a Venice, CA golf course in 2015, suffering a broken arm and scalp lacerations. It was like that scene in Casino, but ouchier and with less Joe Pesci.
In Harrison’s defense, maybe he wasn’t having a horribly timed senior moment that day. Maybe he hadn’t had a couple of Jack and Cokes at the airport Applebee’s Express. Maybe there was a SNAKE in the COCKPIT terrorizing him and making him confused and incredibly dangerous. It’s happened before. Snakes on Harrison Ford’s plane!