Keen flyer Harrison Ford under investigation after airport incident

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

Hollywood actor Harrison Ford is under investigation following an incident at a small airport in California.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor, 77, was piloting an aircraft that crossed the runway as another plane was attempting to land at Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

The two aircraft came within “approximately 3,600 feet” of each other, the FAA said, and there was no danger of a crash during the April 24 incident.

The body said in a statement: “The FAA is investigating an incident in which the pilot of an Aviat Husky taxied across the runway at Hawthorne Municipal Airport Friday afternoon while another aircraft was performing a touch-and-go landing.”

Audio from the incident reveals a tower operator told Ford, a keen flyer, to “hold short” on the runway due to “traffic”.

In a harsher tone, the operator then says: “Get across that runway now. I told you to hold short. You need to listen up.”

Ford replied: “Excuse me, sir, I thought exactly the opposite. I’m terribly sorry.”

A representative for the actor said the purpose of the flight was to “maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft”.

It is not the first time Ford has found himself in hot water with aviation authorities.

In February 2017 he narrowly missed a jetliner carrying 100 passengers and landed his plane on the wrong stretch of tarmac at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

The FAA ruled he could continue to fly without restriction but was required to take “awareness training”.

And in March 2015 he was injured when his World War II-era plane lost power and he crash landed at a golf course in Santa Monica.