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FAA investigating incident involving Harrison Ford saying he misheard tower instructions


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident in which actor Harrison Ford did not comply with tower instructions to wait for another aircraft to finish landing, saying he misheard the directives.

The air traffic controller at Hawthorne Municipal Airport in California had directed Ford to wait for a second plane before taxiing across the runway, later telling him, “I told you before to hold short. You need to listen up.”

Ford apologized for the incident Friday, saying he misheard the instruction as “exactly the opposite,” according to The New York Times. The FAA has said it is probing the incident, although there was no danger of a collision, the paper reported.

“He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error,” Ina Treciokas, a publicist for the “Blade Runner” star, told The New York Times. “The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft. No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision.”

The episode follows a number of other aviation incidents involving Ford.

In 2017, Ford mistakenly landed a plane on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., after flying over a Boeing 737 carrying 100 passengers. The agency required him to undergo awareness training after the incident.

Ford also injured himself in 2015 after crashing a World War II-era training plane on a Venice, Calif., golf course.

Before that, in 2000, the actor’s Beechcraft Bonanza plane was blown off the runway by wind during a landing in Lincoln, Neb., although neither Ford nor his passenger was injured.

And the year before that, Ford and a flight instructor were forced to emergency land a Bell 206 helicopter in a dry riverbed in Santa Clarita, Calif., which caused considerable damage to the helicopter, although neither Ford nor the instructor was hurt.

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