Harrison Ford is reportedly getting his pilot license updated so he could participate in more relief efforts.
Through the years, Ford has flown humanitarian missions in Haiti, he’s worked with Operation Smile, and has helped rescue stranded hikers in Wyoming.
The actor was recently told to wait on the runway on a Southern California airport because another plane was already in position, but the actor cross anyway, which left tower operators alarmed, according to TMZ.
On the audio clip, you can hear the tower operator tell Ford “Can you hold short on runway? Traffic on the runway.”
The 77-year-old actor evidently did not hear the tower operator’s commands and accelerated to cross.
The audio then shows the tower operator angrily say Harrison ignored his instructions, to which the actor profusely apologized.
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Allegedly, he heard the opposite of the tower operators and thought he was cleared to cross.
This incident occurred at Hawthorne Airport. Harrison had just landed when he left the runway for the taxiway. He taxied to the other end of the runway. Just a few miles behind him, there was another plane that was practicing touch-and-go landings.
A rep for the actor said, “Mr. Ford crossed the airport’s only runway in his aircraft after he misheard a radio instruction from ATC. He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error. The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency of the aircraft.”
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Of course, this is reminiscent of another hiccup a few years ago at John Wayne Airport when he mistakenly landed on the taxiway, which was dangerous. He admitted as much at the time, calling himself a “schmuck” on the radio.
There was another incident, but frankly, Harrison pulled a Sully of sorts when his engine failed — no fault of his — and he was able to put the plane down on a golf course without injury to anyone.