No Fine For Harrison Ford After Airplane Incident

The Star Wars actor is in the clear.

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Earlier this year, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford broke protocol when he accidentally flew his plane directly over a commercial jetliner with more than 100 passengers on board. He landed his single-engine Husky on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in southern California, instead of the runway. At the time, it was suggested that Ford could lose his pilot's license or be fined for the mistake.

But the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement this week that Ford won't face any kind of penalty, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Ford, 74, is an experienced pilot with thousands of hours in the sky. Check out the animated GIF embedded above to see how close Ford's plane came to the Boeing 737.

"This is a pretty big mistake. It would be almost like you and I entering the freeway the wrong way," a retired airline captain told CBS News. "This could have been very bad. If he had actually struck that aircraft, it would have been a major disaster."

The February event wasn't the first airplane incident that Ford has been involved in. In 2015, he was flying a World War II-era plane and the engine gave out. He crash-landed on a golf course and broke his arm.

Ford reprised one of his most famous roles, Han Solo, in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Han shouldn't be flying Solo

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Don't mess with the Centennial Falcon

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No harm done ... Fair enough ! Bet that's been an eye-opener for him though !

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Complete and utter bullshit, if this was an ordinary person they would be in so much trouble....but nope, look the other way because its a famous actor.........America, corrupt as ever..

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@txuzai: You'd have more credibility if you had a) provided evidence this is true or b) phrased as a question, since you don't know if your statement is true: "Wonder if he got special treatment?"

Let's try to refrain from ignorant hyperbole, ok?

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@txuzai: You also assume this isn't a more common occurrence. Did it ever even occur to you that the only reason you know about it is because he is famous? When "normal" people do it, it doesn't need to be exploded in the media. I am positive you do not have all the facts.

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@txuzai: Easy to say that when you are you and not him. But what if... and I know I'm being crazy and too logical here... what if they actually are treating him like a normal human being and there is more to this story than you or I know? But hey, I guess its easier to get your panties in a notch about rich people not getting flogged for making mistakes right?

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GET OFF HIS PLANE!

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Quite surprised there were not any repercussions for this. The FAA does not forgive mistakes very easily, but given the outcome of the situation and that he wasn't flying commercially I can see why they may have not of done so(Plus who he is probably played a role).

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I'm glad that he gets to keep flying, to single him out through a single mistake would a travesty. I'm sure that he would have had to prove that he was still capable of holding his license after this faux pas and if his faculties are still adequate then removal of his license would have been wrong. The media only brought this up due to Harrison's fame and there have plenty of aircraft incidents that aren't published that are far worse than this.

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@gotrekfabian: Not when it's the lives of others he's putting at risk.

The worse incidents that aren't published likely result in the pilot being banned. I don't feel sorry for him. If I hit someone with a car, I'm in shit, regardless of intent.

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@Kunakai: Hitting and nearly hitting. You even see the difference but you fail to objectify it. Reckless driving should be punishable, yes but mistakes and oversights which don't cause any incident are not so clear cut.

Don't be so quick to judge.

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@gotrekfabian:"This is a pretty big mistake. It would be almost like you and I entering the freeway the wrong way"

When it comes to a 100:1 ratio, I'm going to judge that quickly, rather than on the basis of me being a massive fan.

If I speed on a road, I'm going to be fined, despite traffic, despite no danger to others.

I think you're lacking the objective opinion here dude. I have just as much bias for Han as you do, but I'm not exercising it towards him.

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Must be nice to be above the law.

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@Abomination713: You don't even know the law surrounding an incident such as this so GTFO of here! :)

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@HOLYSHMUCK: Well, he knows they're far more lax than similar incidents on the road...

Common sense accounts for a lot when you possess it, dude.

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But what are the odds of that happening...? (smirk)

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Oṁ namaḥ śivāya...

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bribe them all Harrison Ford!

Jokes he probably just used the force and secretly was a sith all along, which explains why his son is a sith.

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@Soulwarfare42: But Luke isn't Sith. (Or is he? PLOT TWIST! :o)

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3rd time'll be the charm. Nice work, FAA.

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@Megawizard: This was a mistake but you can hardly blame him for an engine failure on a WW2 aircraft. What he did was admirable in that aircraft: he found a suitable area and landed it successfully, not something any pilot can do.

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@gotrekfabian: I don't blame him for the engine failure. I'm just counting the brushes with death. Seriously though in direct relation to the incident this article's talking about; there's no way you should be able to make that grievous an error at a heavily used airport and get off with 0 consequences.

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@Megawizard: I highly doubt that there were zero consequences but a single mistake in an unmarred lifetime of flying should also not mean an instant disqualification. Are people who make mistakes in a car subject to such grievance as well? No, they are not. They are subject to judgement calls or points on their license prior to disqualification. And believe me, a car is a much more likely scenario for death than any aircraft other than war machines.

Check your own aviation license and see what it says. Oh, hang on.....

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@gotrekfabian: Dude's 74 and almost killed himself and 100 people. That's the bottom line. Don't act like senior citizens don't get their driver's licenses taken away when they become unfit to drive.

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pfffft......like they would have the balls to fine the captain of the Millennium Falcon

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@draco934: He shoots first, after all.

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