Harrison Ford escapes punishment for plane near-miss

Harrison Ford has escaped punishment for his latest flying mishap after federal officials closed an investigation. Ford, 74, faced a probe after he mistakenly flew his single-engine private plane over an American Airlines passenger jet and landed on a taxiway, rather than a runway, on 13 Feb at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. The Federal Aviation Administration concluded that “no administrative or enforcement.action was warranted,” Ford’s lawyer, Stephen Hofer said in a statement.

I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway.

Harrison Ford recorded on radio traffic after the incident

The actor, who played smuggler and Millennium Falcon pilot Han Solo in the “Star Wars” film franchise, was also praised by the agency for his “long history of compliance” with FAA regulations and “his cooperative attitude during the investigation,” Hofer said. Although Ford incurred no penalty, he agreed to undergo voluntary “airman counselling” before the FAA closed the matter. In 2015, he crashed a vintage plane onto a golf course near a Santa Monica airport, suffering serious injuries and badly damaging the aircraft. He told investigators then he did not recall the moments before the plane went down.