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Harrison Ford involved in close call with American Airlines 737

Posted February 14

Actor Harrison Ford, an experienced pilot who collects vintage planes, almost crashed into an American Airlines 737 passenger plane on Monday while attempting to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, according to NBC News.

The close call has prompted an FAA investigation, which could result in anything from a warning to suspension of Ford's pilot's license.

Ford has been involved in a series of crashes and near-misses while flying, including incidents in 1999, 2000 and 2015.


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  • KC O'Dea Feb 15, 2017
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    The carburetor on his plane malfunctioned and the engine shut down. He glided the plane to a place that would minimize potential injuries over a densely populated city. Plus, as a bonus, landing on a golf course increases the likelihood a doctor will be on the scene when you're finally on the ground. No fault on that incident in my mind. Wish I could say the same for this most recent one.

  • Ryan Walsh Feb 15, 2017
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    Just a year or two ago he crash landed onto a golf course. Time to give it up Ford.

  • John Townsend Feb 15, 2017
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    Perspective would be nice. It could be that the definition of "near miss" is so broad that such "incidents" are common.

  • Ryan Kurtz Feb 14, 2017
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    This should be grounds for revoking a pilots license. I did my training at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and I can tell you that mistaking a taxiway for a runway, and a near miss with a jetliner is a major no-no, as you would imagine. The FAA should do the right thing and terminate his license.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 14, 2017
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    That could have been an awful mess. Fords (most probable) little plane vs. A jet? Image how many 'souls' would have been affected if they had crashed. It's time to hang up your pilots cap, Mr. Ford! Collect all you want, but your days at the controls are over. Sit back and enjoy the flight, while the pros do their jobs.

  • Tim Orr Feb 14, 2017
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    Dammit Hans...You're a Millenium Falcon Pilot....not an airplane pilot!!! The laws of physics apply in the real world!!!

  • Andrew Stephenson Feb 14, 2017
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    I wonder how often things like this happen to non-celebrity pilots. The ones that wouldn't make the news.

  • Sara Hauser Feb 14, 2017
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    Might be time for him to stop flying

  • George Brown Feb 14, 2017
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    Washed up much?