Harrison Ford narrowly avoids crashing his plane into passenger jet while landing at California airport
Harrison Ford has been involved in a near miss while flying his plane in California.
The actor is said to have landed on the wrong runway at John Wayne international airport in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, in his single engine Aviat Husky – narrowly missing an American Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet that was waiting to take off.
The jet, which had 116 people on board, was able to depart for Dallas as planned just minutes after the incident
Ford, 74, is believed to have mistaken a taxiway for a runway. NBC News reports suggest upon landing he asked air traffic control: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
He was then told he had landed on a taxiway rather than the runway – an offence under the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety rules. The actor is now under investigation by the FAA and if found guilty could lose his pilot’s licence.
The incident is not the first mishap Ford has had while flying. In 2015 he crashed a Second World War-era plane on a Santa Monica golf course after its engine failed. He was badly injured but recovered.
In 1999 he was involved in a helicopter crash during training in California, and a year later scraped a six-seater plane along a Nebraska airport runway after an emergency landing.
The Star Wars and Indiana Jones star is an experienced pilot who collects vintage planes and has spoken publicly about his love of aviation. In 2009 he told Downwind magazine: “I enjoy the pure freedom and the beauty of the third dimension when you fly. Getting in the sky is a rare experience.”
A spokesperson for Mr Ford declined to comment to reporters.
Harrison Ford comes close to colliding with passenger plane
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) A new video showing Hollywood actor Harrison Ford’s airplane flying over and nearly colliding with an American Airlines jetliner at an airport in California has been released.
On February 13, the “Blade Runner” actor had mistakenly flown his single-engine yellow, Aviat Husky plane low over an American Airlines Boeing 737 jet carrying 116 people at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, and landed on the taxiway rather than on the runway, reports eonline.com.
In the video, it is seen that his aircraft was so close that it cast a shadow over the jetliner as it taxied slowly.
“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford, asked, as heard in previously released audio from the air traffic control tower.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had said it was investigating the incident.
Landing on a taxiway is a violation of FAA safety rules.
The FAA had told eonline.com that air traffic controllers gave Ford clearance to land on a runway and that he read back the landing instructions correctly.
American Airlines Flight 1456 departed safely for Dallas a few minutes after the actor’s plane flew over it.
The 74-year-old actor has flown small planes and helicopters for years and has survived at least three crashes, most recently, in 2015, during which he suffered moderate injuries after a World War II vintage plane he was piloting crashed on a golf course near Los Angeles soon after takeoff.
In 2000, the actor, who owns a ranch, used his helicopter to rescue a hiker in distress at Table Mountain in Idaho.
The following year, he helped locate a 13-year-old Boy Scout who was lost in Yellowstone National Park.
Video shows Harrison Ford mistakenly landing his private plane just over the top of a passenger plane
(Harrison Ford.Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images) Harrison Ford was involved in an incident last week in which the small plane he was piloting flew over a commercial aircraft with 116 people on board.
In an act that would dissapoint his very own Han Solo, Ford flew his private plane directly over the aircraft in a near-miss — he was supposed to land his plane on a specific runway but landed on a taxiway instead.
It happened at John Wayne airport in Orange County.
Ford's plane passed over the top of an American Airlines 737 that had 110 passengers and a six-person crew on board. Ford, 74, can be heared on a air-traffic-control recording saying, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
On Tuesday, video footage of the incident was posted online. It’s 45 seconds with no sound and shows Ford’s private plane flying closely over the American Airlines 737, which is taxiing and preparing for take-off.
This isn’t the first time Ford has had an incident in the sky. In March 2015, the avid pilot crashed a two-seater plane into a Los Angeles golf course in an emergency landing. He was injured, and the crash was a result of an engine failure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford’s given no explanation for what happened in the most recent incident, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
In a major incident, Harrison Ford lands on a taxiway
Los Angeles, Feb 15 (IANS) Actor Harrison Ford was involved in a “potentially serious” incident while piloting his private plane, which is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The incident took place on Monday, reports variety.com.
According to reports, the actor mistakenly attempted to land on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which put him near a full passenger plane.
The FAA officials said that it does not identify people involved in aircraft incidents or accidents, and issued a statement on Tuesday.
It read: “Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon.”
“The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating this incident.”
The passenger plane, American Airlines 737, was reportedly loaded with 110 passengers and a six-person crew. Ford was reportedly heard on an air traffic control recording saying: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
Controllers then informed Ford that he was landing on a taxiway instead of runway 20-L.
The 74-year-old has had decades of flying experience, but has also had a series of crashes and close calls, variety.com said.
KODIAK, Alaska - The four MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopters attached to Air Station Kodiak taxi down the Coast Guard base taxiway in preparation for a formation flight Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in 17 mph winds with snow squalls and temperatures in the 30s. Formation flights trains general aircraft handling skills as well as skills that aircrews use when conducting multi-ship vertical insertion operations of Maritime Safety and Security Team boarding teams.
The 27th of March, 1977, the world’s worst air disaster, the Tenerife Disaster, took place, when two Boeing 747 jumbo jets, KLM Flight 4805, carrying 248 passengers and crew, and Pan Am Flight 1736, carrying 396 passengers and crew, collided on the runway of Las Palmas airport, killing 583 people: all the passengers of the KLM plane, and 355 people of the Pan Am, leaving only 61 survivors.
KLM, Boeing 747-206B “Rijn”
Pan Am, Boeing 747-121 “Clipper Victor”
The path to disaster, notice how the runway was used as a taxiway, as the actual taxiway was busy with the other planes clogging up the airport.
A multitude of complex factors contributed to this accident, first and foremost the diversion of the involved aircraft (among all the planes going to the Canary Islands) from the planned destination, the Gran Canaria airport, to Las Palmas airport due to a bomb explosion and thread of a second one in Gran Canaria; then the arrival to the small, understaffed and badly prepared Las Palmas airport that was never indented to receive such amount of traffic, made much worse by the heavy fog of that day; communication confusions and misunderstandings between the tower personnel and the pilots of both planes, specially since said tower personnel knew little english; and finally, the decisions of an overconfident captain,KLM’s Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten, who, in a hurry and out of frustration, decided to take-off without authorization.
Many changes in aviation came afterwards: Emphasis on english as the standard working language, standard radio phrasing to avoid vagueness and misunderstandings, better emphasis on crew cooperation, so a captain won’t remain unchallenged when he or she makes a mistake, and finally, harsher punishments for pilots who disobey controller’s orders.
Let us remember the victims of this tragic event, and hope that we never have to see an accident of this magnitude again.
March 27th, 1977: The single deadliest accident in aviation history occurs at Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife, a member of the Canary Islands.
An extraordinary chain of events led to the collision of two fully loaded Boeing 747s at takeoff speed, killing 583 of the 644 passengers involved. Percentage-wise, the accident had just over a ninety percent fatality rate.
The two planes, an American Pan Am Boeing and a Dutch KLM Boeing, were originally scheduled to land at Gran Canaria Airport, but after a bomb exploded in a terminal, they were rerouted to Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife.
The airport was small, and couldn’t easily accommodate such large aircraft. Once the threat at Gran Canaria had been contained, the planes were allowed to depart Los Rodeos to land there.
The two planes took up the entire taxiway, the KLM in front and blocking the Pan Am from departing. The Pan Am was ready to depart, but was forced to wait as KLM decided to refuel. It’s full tank of fuel served only to make the incident that much more deadly.
(Photo of the KLM [The Flying Dutchman] with the Pan Am in the background–last picture taken before the crash)
Once the KLM was ready, it was allowed to move onto the runway to the other end, where it would turn around and take off. This is known as backtaxiing, a maneuver in which the plane will move to one end of a runway and turn around, rather than use a taxiway to get there.
The Pan Am was instructed to follow the KLM down the runway, and turn off at the third of four exits. This required increased vigilance and communication, as there would be two planes on the runway at the same time.
Such vigilance and communication were hampered, however, by a thick fog that had rolled over the airport during the delay. The planes were unable to see each other on the runway, and the tower was unable to see either of them.
As the KLM was reaching the end of the runway and beginning to turn around, the Pan Am was following it, looking for the third exit on which to turn off. Some discrepancy occurred in the Pan Am cockpit as to which exit was the third. They wrongfully believed the fourth exit was the one the tower wanted them to take, and they proceeded to it.
The KLM was now facing down the runway, pointing at the Pan Am which was traveling towards it.
The KLM asked for and received ATC clearance to begin it’s takeoff. The KLM captain stated, “We gaan” (“We’re going”). The Pan Am heard this and said, “No eh-”. The next move was fatal.
The Pan Am co-pilot had said “No eh-” and faltered. The tower, hearing the uncertainty of the Pan Am, told the KLM “stand by for takeoff”. At the exact same time, the Pan Am finished his sentence: “And we’re still taxiing down the runway, the clipper 1736.” Since both messages were transmitted simultaneously, the frequencies interfered with one another. The KLM heard neither.
The tower, believing the KLM had stopped, tells Pan Am “Roger alpha 1736 report when runway clear.” The KLM hears this transmission.
The Flight Engineer on the KLM, which is still moving to take off, says, “Is hij er niet af dan?” (“Is he not clear then?”).
The Captain of the KLM says, “Wat zeg je?” (“What did you say?”).
The Flight Engineer responds: “Is hij er niet af, die Pan American?” (“Is he not clear, that Pan American?”)
The Captain says, “Jawel” (“Oh yes!”).
The ambiguous, double-negative style question of the flight engineer confused the exchange between the two men. Nonetheless, the captain believed the runway to be clear, and sped up for take off.
By the time the planes saw one another, at a distance of 2300 feet, the KLM was moving too fast to stop.
The Pan Am captain, upon seeing the 400-ton behemoth coming out of the fog at a hundred and twenty miles an hour, said, “There he is…look at him”. His reaction caught up with him and he screamed, “Goddamn that son of a bitch is coming! Get off! Get off! Get off!”
The Pan Am hits the throttles to turn off the runway. The KLM begins its rotation (the actual takeoff maneuver) to clear the Pan Am. However, the KLM was not moving fast enough, causing it to merely drag its tail along the runway.
It leaves the ground less than 400 feet from the Pan Am. The KLM’s nose clears the Pan Am, but the lower fuselage and engines smash into the upper right side of the Pan Am’s fuselage at one hundred sixty miles an hour. The Pan Am was nearly ripped in half, with the KLM’s right side engines crashing through the Pan Am’s upper deck just behind the cockpit.
(CGI of the impact)
The KLM remained airborne for mere seconds following impact. The engines stalled almost immediately, and the KLM hits the ground 500 feet down the runway from the Pan Am. It slides down the runway for a thousand feet, until the fifty five tons of full in the tank ignites and explodes. Every person on the KLM dies.
Sixty-one people manage to climb out of the wreckage of the Pan Am. Three hundred thirty-five did not.
Fire crews responded to the scene of the KLM crash, not even knowing there was another plane involved. The thick fog kept the Pan Am hidden. So, for twenty minutes after the collision, only civilians stood around the Pan Am, watching.
One survivors recalls: “When I got out on the ground I could hear people screaming, yelling (inside). Within about five minutes you heard absolutely nothing. There was no noise at all. Just the airplane burning."
In fact, while some died due to the blunt impact of the collision, most died from the fire and explosions that occurred as a result. Dozens of initial survivors were still buckled into their seatbelts, waiting to succumb to the smoke and the flames and the heat.
A morgue was set up in one of the hangers. All 234 passengers and 14 crew members of the KLM died. 56 passengers, and 5 crew members, including everyone in the cockpit, of the Pan Am survived.
KLM, upon hearing news of the accident, wanted to launch an investigation that included their top pilot, Captain Veldhuyzen van Zanten. However, they could not reach him, as he was in the Los Rodeos Airport hanger, waiting to be identified.
Captain van Zanten, the captain of the KLM in Tenerife, had arguably been the largest cause of the accident, having ignored the insistences of his crew-mates.
The accident resulted in international policy changes, including a greater emphasis on English as a common working language, discouragement of single-phrase acknowledgments, and a reduction of a hierarchy among crew members, replacing it instead with team-decision making, and mutual agreement. Crew mates became encouraged to voice their concerns to those in charge.
Senior Airman Alec Flores, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to guide a C-130J Super Hercules onto a taxiway for a night sortie at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The 455th EAMXS ensures that aircraft at Bagram are prepared for flight and return them to a mission-ready state once they land.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys, 22 FEB 2016.)