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FAA Clears Harrison Ford In Hawthorne Runway Mishap

HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) – Actor Harrison Ford has been cleared following an investigation into a piloting incident which occurred Hawthorne Municipal Airport in April. The Federal Aviation Administration has closed the case after requiring that the 78-year-old Ford take a “remedial runway incursion training course,” an FAA spokesperson told CBSLA in a statement Thursday. On the afternoon of April 24, the “Indiana Jones” star was landing a small plane known as an Aviat Husky when he crossed an airplane… ( More...

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rdzr1 15
Give it a rest guys.
william baker 1
I second that rdzr1
Are you serious??????????????
Pa Thomas 11
This is the way runway incursions are handled. Celebrity, nobody, student, whatever. A visit to the tower, a few minutes contrition, everyone walks away. Mr. Ford seems to be handled the same way as every other situation I ever saw like this. Even the ones that scared the living daylights out of every controller in the tower.
Tom Bruce 11
me too, was a tower controller... bone headed pilots seldom got punished.. FAA flight guys would just laugh it off... on the other hand, had a few occasions where pilots saved my ass...
This kind of thing happens a lot in government. The rich, and/or famous get away with stuff that any one of us would be rotting in jail for.

And corporate 'fines' are the biggest joke. A chemical plant 'leaked' toxins in the river in their backyard. They were investigated, and after years, were finally fined. It was the largest state fine ever, and one of the highest fines for that type of contamination. Sounds impressive, right? A few years later, the same corporation was found to be polluting AGAIN. People kept asking why they were still polluting after being fined 'so much'. Well, the state was unusually quiet. Someone finally filed a FOIA request, and the state coughed up a ton of documents, trying to bry the requestor with unneeded stuff, and one document told of how the MASSIVE FINE was 'negotiated' to a fraction of what it was. No wonder they did it again. What was the price they paid for doing it the previous time? Nearly nothing.

Most governmental fines are subject to negotiation. Kinda makes 'regulations' rather pointless.
jmilleratp 14
Ford no doubt gets special consideration because he's a celebrity. But, I am sure the high-priced lawyer he likely has talking to the Feds for him helps. Regardless, the rest of us would likely be out on our butts, at least with a six-month suspension or worse.
dj horton 8
I grew up with Harrison Ford, first as Han Solo, then as Indy. I’ve admired him my entire life. Folks in aviation that have crossed paths with him have said he’s quiet but very nice.

But how many “incidents” is the FAA going to allow? Two runway-related incidents in 3 years is a lot. I get that nobody at the FSDO wants to be the one to pull his certificate, but come on. His celebrity status be damned.
bentwing60 3
A couple of the 'rats' had no qualms about grounding Bob Hoover. A somewhat more accomplished pilot!
Agreed that "celebrity status" is not a measure of competence. And don't confuse an actor with the characters that he/she has played. They are usually completely unrelated.
john doe 3
Called "mistaking an artist for his work".
Or, "it's OK to have Anthony Hopkins over for dinner."
Sam DeMars 7
Being an airhead at a municipal airfield is one thing, but this guy likes to use busy airports with larger commercial planes. I’d say regardless of his age, his celebrity is shielding him. If he ends up casusing mass casualties, the FAA folks who slapped his wrist will wish they’d never been born. Flying is a privilege and not a right. Mr. Ford is either incapable or he doesn’t take safety seriously- not consistently, at least. This isn’t a cop letting a celebrity get a ride home. Mr. Ford has established a pattern that could end up much worse than any DUI accident.
Flying is a right, like any freedom however, it comes with the responsibility to be trained and licensed. Don't ever concede that your freedoms and liberty's are privileges; ever.
JedFR 5
I just read an article in Flying about gracefully quitting when one can see their skills starting to erode. I guess he and the FAA may have missed that one.
pjdm 8
thankfully the comment writer has never had any mistakes where someone interpreted his/her actions to age or just plain low IQ. Good analysis of the situation youngblood.
darjr26 4
WARNING SoCal pilots, he’s out there again.
s s 4
It's pretty common knowledge Mr. Ford likes to partake in the consumption of a certain substance now becoming more and more legal in a number of states. No matter one's personal opinions about this new tolerance, most would agree heavy use of this substance can have a detrimental effect over time. Was drug testing a part of the investigation?
user3956 1
"most would agree heavy use of this substance can have a detrimental effect over time"

I don't think there is enough data yet to determine how much use over how much time has how much long-term effect that would influence that particular situation, OR if the measure of those effects are the same for everyone.

Also, what about age? Age itself can affect decision making and various behaviors, maybe he's just getting a little too old for this? Again, something not the same for everyone.

Anyway, a drug test for what? Do know if he'd smoked the day before? The week before? As long as he wasn't under the influence at the time itself I don't really know what a drug test would be for.
Ralph Wigzell 3
"On the afternoon of April 24, the “Indiana Jones” star was landing a small plane known as an Aviat Husky when he crossed an airplane that was on the runway despite a tower operator telling him to hold short due to traffic."

How do you hold short while you are landing?
Jim Goldfuss 18
You are mixing up 2 different incidents. The incident you are referring to is when he landed on the taxiway, overflying an AA plane awaiting takeoff. The above incident involves him landing, and during his taxi to parking, which involved him having to cross the active runway. ATC told him to hold short, but used non-standard phraseology, creating some confusion as to what he should have done, hence his being cleared.
Don't expect the modern "journalists" to get the facts straight, use proper grammar, use correct spelling, or to thoroughly investigate a story and write it in such a way so as to not sound like you know nothing about the facts of the story.
Pa Thomas 5
This is a TV station, so this "text" is most likely "auto generated" for use in closed captioning, etc. It ain't perfect.
Ken Lane 2
In the journalistic world where every small airplane is a "Cessna" and only recently did Airbus become known to that world... there will be reports that make a newspaper article look like a kindergartner production in comparison to the facts.
Roy Hunte 2
I'm bracing for the day when the media reports that a single engine Airbus 172 nearly collides with a Cessna A380. Lol
How do you even cross an airplane?
After touch down and before clearing runway hold short of taxi way ..dah
If he was cleared, why did he have to take a remedial runway incursion training course? To me, "cleared" means he didn't do anything wrong.
I would assume he was "cleared" because he took the training course. Just a way to let him off the hook.
Just ground him forever; and let him hire a real pilot!!!!!
Harry Venison 1
At 78 he ought to just fly with a copilot from now on, just to be on the safe side.
N204TA 1
Not long after the wrong surface landing at SNA, AOPA awarded Ford the 2018 “Hoover Trophy” for being an “aviator who exhibits the airmanship, leadership, and passion for aviation and life demonstrated by Bob Hoover.” Celebrity has its privileges.
john doe 3
Well, it was probably already lined up and trigger ready to be pulled when the incident occurred. So hard to back out of these things at the last moment - esp. when you've managed to arrange a celebrity award, which will get your organization mentioned in the media.
sharon bias 1
States can pull the driver's license's of people who don't pass the test. Seems like it may be time for Mr. Ford to get his license pulled.
although it does take a lot of time to get the flight hours for a pilots license,the trianing private pilots of any age receive is no where near what is given frequently to those who pilot commercial aircraft..there have been many private plane crashes in the last year or so reported,some fatal,some not,so it cannot be justified to say mr ford got away with something because of his celebrity" status..yes,he did make a mistake that could have been more serious..that is obvious..the decisison regarding his license or his training or whatever,was up to the faa and they made a judgement..
gerardo godoy 0
As is the Norm in the USA today, comments Not Politically Correct are downloaded.....Keep at it you will loose free speech soon!!!!

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