In audio obtained by TMZ, the 77-year-old actor and pilot finds himself on the wrong side of an air traffic controller after landing in Hawthorne on Friday.
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Ford was trying to cross the runway on the taxiway when the driver said, “Can you stay away on the runway. Traffic on the runway. “
Obviously, another plane, a few kilometers away, was making touchdowns at the same time.
The actor apparently did not hear the command correctly and accelerated to cross the runway, which made the operator audibly angry. “You have to listen,” he said.
Ford apologized: “Excuse me, sir, I thought just the opposite. I am terribly sorry. “
At the time of the incident, there was no danger of an accident as the other aircraft was 3,600 feet.
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“Sir. Ford crossed the only runway at the airport in his plane after hearing a radio instruction from ATC. He immediately recognized the error and apologized to ATC for the error. The purpose of the flight was to maintain the currency and the jurisdiction of the aircraft, “said an FAA official. TMZ.
After the FAA opened its investigation, a Ford representative released a statement.
“Actor and driver Harrison Ford participated in a runway incursion on April 24 at Hawthorne Airport. Mr. Ford crossed the airport’s only runway on his plane after he overheard radio instruction from ATC, “the statement said. “He immediately recognized the error and apologized to ATC for the error,” they said. “The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and control of the aircraft. “
The statement reiterated: “No one was injured and there was never a danger of a collision. “
Over the years, Ford has had a few airline mishaps, including an incident in 2017 in which it accidentally landed on an airport taxiway, calling itself a “schmuck” and abruptly landing an aircraft in 2015 on a golf field.