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Harrison Ford piloting plane that wrongly crosses runway

Harrison Ford was piloting a plane that wrongly crossed a runway where another plane was landing, and federal authorities are investigating, officials and a representative for the actor said Wednesday.

Ford was at the controls of a small plane Friday at Hawthorne Airport in the Los Angeles area when, according to a statement released by Ford’s publicist, he crossed the runway after mishearing an instruction from air traffic control.

“He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error,” according to the statement from publicist Ina Treciokas.

“No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision.”

It was the latest of several similar incidents over the years for the 77-year-old actor, who played swashbuckling space smuggler Han Solo in the Star Wars film franchise. He collects and frequently flies planes and helicopters.

Without naming Ford, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that a two-seat Aviat Husky plane crossed the runway while another aircraft was performing a touch-and-go landing just over a half-mile away.

Ford’s statement says the purpose of his flight was “to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft.”

In 2017, Ford flew his single-engine private plane low over an American Airlines passenger jet with 116 people aboard moments before mistakenly landing on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif.. The FAA did not discipline him over the incident, but asked him to complete awareness training. 

In 2015, Ford was injured when he crashed his Second World War-era plane on a Los Angeles golf course after engine failure. Federal investigators found that Ford was not at fault for the crash, which was entirely mechanical.

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