Harrison Ford Avoids Crash With American Airlines Flight

By February 15, 2017
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Han Solo might be known for some of the close calls he’s made piloting the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars movies, but apparently the apple doesn’t fall too far for the actor behind the iconic character, Harrison Ford.

The 74-year-old actor apparently just missed an American Airlines plane carrying 110 people while trying to land at John Wayne Airport, just outside of Santa Ana, California.

Ford, according to the BBC, was flying an Aviat Husky on Tuesday, a two-seat, high-wing plane that was first introduced in the 1980s. Throughout the plane’s history, there’s ever been one reported instance of a major crash when a U.S. Border Patrol plane crashed in Arizona, killing the pilot in 1989.

Ford had been instructed to land at the airport, located in the greater Los Angeles area, but reportedly aimed for the wrong runway. The one he chose had the commercial flight waiting to take off – which it was able to do following the near-miss without incident.

Ford is no stranger to plane mishaps. He first crash-landed a helicopter in 1999 while learning to fly it around Los Angeles, a crash he and his instructor walked away from. Then in 2015, he crashed-landed a Ryan PT-22 Recruit plane at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California, suffering a broken pelvis and ankle.

After reprising Han Solo in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ford committed to resurrecting another character he made famous in the 1980s, Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049, which is due in theaters Oct. 6. He’s also set to make yet another appearance in an Indiana Jones film, this one planned for a Summer 2019 release.

Ford was nominated for an Oscar in 1986 for Witness.

The actor reportedly landed his plane safely Tuesday and was unhurt. Neither he nor the airport, which welcomes more than 10 million travelers a year, commented on the incident.

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