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Harrison Ford not facing penalties over runway incident

Harrison Ford has had a pilot's certificate for

Harrison Ford has had a pilot's certificate for more than 20 years, his lawyer said. Credit: Getty Images / Rob Kim

“Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star Harrison Ford will not face disciplinary action for accidentally flying his single-engine aircraft over a commercial jet as it was taxiing for takeoff in Orange County, California, in February.

“The FAA has completed its investigation of the incident in which a pilot landed on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport on February 13,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Monday, without mentioning Ford, 74, by name. “The FAA does not comment on cases involving individual airmen. You can file a FOIA request for any letters we issued in connection with this case.”

Ford’s errant piloting was captured in video footage released publicly. No one was injured in the incident, and American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew, departed safely.

Ford’s attorney, Stephen Hofer of Aerlex Law Group, added in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Federal Aviation Administration has notified Mr. Ford that the agency has closed its inquiry into his landing at the Santa Ana, Orange County Airport on February 13, 2017. 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. Mr. Ford retains his pilot’s certificate without restriction.”

The lawyer’s statement went on to say, “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. Mr. Ford has held a pilot’s certificate for more than 20 years, has logged more than 5,000 hours in the air, and has never been the subject of an FAA administrative or enforcement action.”

Ford was involved in crash landings in 1999 and 2015, and scraped a runway during an emergency landing in 2000.

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