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Harrison Ford to keep pilot's licence after landing error

Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Harrison Ford will avoid punishment after his near-miss landing on a US airport taxiway in February, his lawyers have confirmed. The Hollywood actor, who is a seasoned pilot, headed towards a taxiway rather than the runway at California's John Wayne Airport, and flew over a Boeing 737 with 110 passengers and six crew on board. Harrison's lawyer Stephen Hofer revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) won't be taking any action.

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He told AFP: "The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted." Stephen added: "Mr. Ford retains his pilot's certificate without restriction. In closing the matter, the agency acknowledged Mr. Ford's long history of compliance with the federal aviation regulations and his cooperative attitude during the investigation."

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Harrison Ford will avoid punishment after his near-miss landing in February

STORY: Harrison reveals how Calista Flockhart has supported him following plane crash

This is not the first time the Star Wars star, 74, has been involved in a bump landing. In 2015, Harrison crash-landed on a golf course in Santa Monica. He was left seriously injured following the incident. Harrison later praised his wife Calista Flockhart for helping him with his recovery, telling Ellen DeGeneres: "There were a dislocated right ankle and a shattered pelvis and a broken back and a serious bump on the head with major lacerations." Despite his injuries, Harrison was flying again less than three months after his accident – something Calista has been supportive of. "She's fine, she's fine with it actually. She's very supportive," Harrison said. "She knows how much it means to me and she's ok. I fly her all the time."

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Harrison's lawyer revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration won't be taking any action

The American actor, who has had his pilot's licence for over 20 years, owns approximately 11 private planes and is an avid flyer. He has previously revealed that he was left with retrograde amnesia following the crash, and didn't remember the five days immediately after the incident. "I remember the engine stopping, I remember that part very well. And then I remember the tower, I remember their suggestion," he revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew I wasn't going to do that, so I said no. And that's the last thing that I remember until five days afterwards actually."

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