Harrison Ford’s aviation case comes to a close without penalties
SANTA MONICA, CA – Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has gotten the green light to keep flying airplanes after an investigation following his February aviation accident was closed on Monday.
On February 13, Ford had a mishap with his private plane when he flew over an American Airlines passenger jet and landed on a taxiway instead of on a runway at Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration concluded its investigation by stating that “no administrative or enforcement action was warranted.” Ford’s lawyer, Stephen Hofer, released a statement saying that the actor’s pilot’s certificate remains without restriction. The actor will not be fined.
Hofer noted that the actor has had a “long history of compliance” with FAA rules and that he has remained a “cooperative attitude during the investigation.” As this was Ford’s second licensed accident after his 2015 crash near a Santa Monica airport, Ford had agreed to seek voluntary “airman counseling” before the case was officially closed.
According to investigators, the Indiana Jones veteran was alone at the time of his recent accident in his Aviat Husky. It is reported that Ford had been distracted by an Airbus passenger jet landing ahead of him. He acknowledged his mishap at the time of the accident, sending a radio message to the tower saying, “I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway.”
The FAA declined to comment.