Harrison Ford’s close call in another airplane mishap was unusual and troubling, experts say – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Harrison Ford’s close call at John Wayne Airport on Monday — in which he mistakenly landed on a taxiway as an American Airlines jet was preparing for takeoff — could have ended in disaster, aviation experts said, adding that the actor is likely to face some type of disciplinary action.

Air traffic controllers told Ford to land his vintage plane on a runway. But for reasons that are unclear, he landed on a parallel commercial aviation taxiway, flying over the 737 passenger jet with more than 100 onboard. The jet was holding on the taxiway preparing to head to the main runway.

Aviation officials and experts described the incident as highly unusual and troubling. 

“This is a very, very, high-risk situation,” said Michael Barr, a senior instructor at the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program. “If he stalled, there would have been a catastrophic result. He flew over a packed airliner.”

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