FAA Forgives Ford’s Landing Mistake
The FAA has concluded its investigation into Harrison Ford’s recent landing on a taxiway and said he will not be fined and can keep all of his certificates, according to a statement from the actor’s lawyer. “The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted,” lawyer Stephen Hofer wrote. Ford flew above an American Airlines 737 that was waiting for takeoff at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Feb. 13, then landed his Aviat Husky on Taxiway Charlie instead of the runway he’d been cleared for, 20 Left.
Hofer added that the FAA had required Ford to complete some training, which already has been done. Neither Hofer nor the FAA would elaborate on the details of the training. “Mr. Ford retains his pilot’s certificate without restriction,” Hofer said. “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.” Ford, 74, has been a pilot for more than 20 years, and has logged more than 5,000 hours, Hofer said, and he has never been subject to an FAA administrative or enforcement action.