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Harrison Ford admitted a pilot’s error at Los Angeles airport

Harrison Ford admitted a pilot’s error at Los Angeles airport

Harrison Ford admitted a pilot’s error at Los Angeles airport

An investigation has been launched into an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was piloting a small plane that wrongly crossed a runway where another aircraft was landing.

There was no danger of a crash in the incident that happened last week at an airport in southern California, according to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statement.

A publicist for the Indiana Jones star told media he misheard a radio instruction from the air traffic controller (ATC).

Apologised

"He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologised to ATC for the error," publicist Ina Treciokas said.

"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 planes had come within 1,100 metres of each other at the Hawthorne airport in Los Angeles.

Ford, who played Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, was at the controls of a two-seat Aviat Husky light plane.

The actor (77) came under investigation in 2017 after he mistakenly flew his single-engine private plane over an American Airlines passenger jet and landed on a taxiway, rather than a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

The FAA did not discipline the actor over that incident, but asked him to complete awareness training.