Harrison Ford attends the Premiere of 20th Century Studios' "The Call of the Wild" at El Capitan Theatre on February 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California / A general view at the Penmar Golf Course after a single-engine plane piloted by actor Harrison Ford crashed on March 5, 2015 in Venice, California. Ford was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in fair to moderate condition
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Every Single One of Harrison Ford’s Airplane Mishaps (and Rescues)

You won't be keeping Ford out of the sky anytime soon.

In recent years, Harrison Ford has reprised his iconic roles of Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and Blade Runner's Officer Deckard. But there's one more impressive title that Ford refuses to retire: pilot. One of Hollywood's last great movie stars, who is currently leading Yellowstone prequel 1923, first began flight training during the 1960s but could not afford to continue. (Lessons were $15 an hour.) So after making it big as an actor, Ford bought a plane of his own in the mid-'90s and finally continued to learn. It's a hobby he's stuck with ever since.

He officially received his pilot's license at the age of 53, and when he's not on set, odds are you can catch him in the sky. Ever since earning his license, Ford has been collecting and flying vintage planes and is now one of a handful of Hollywood stars honored with the Living Legends of Aviation award (Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman are other honorees). True to his action star persona, Ford has even conducted several rescues in his many years of flying. But it's not always smooth sailing for the Star Wars actor. Ford has been behind a number of air accidents that could have been life-threatening. But this public record of aerial mishaps never seems to keep Harrison Ford out of the sky. With a career like his, you know Ford doesn't go down easily. He's a fighter, and regardless of some of these mishaps, you won't be keeping him out of his planes anytime soon.

Here's a list of some of Ford's biggest mishaps throughout his years of flying, which include a surprise landing on a golf course, and an unexpected rescue mission for a boy scout.

Actor Harrison Ford visits Denver and gives some kids an airplane ride from Centennial Airport. Sean Keeney, 8, of Littleton gets his photo taken with Ford after his plane ride. For Bill Husted column. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post

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1999: Emergency Landing in a River Bed

During his training in 1999, Harrison Ford experienced a nearly fatal air crash for the first time. But not the last. Ford had been piloting a helicopter with his instructor when he hastily landed in a dry river bed 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. However, the details are not exactly clear about what forced the emergency landing. The craft sustained serious damage, but both Ford and his teacher were unscathed.

2000: Blown off a Runway

On June 18, 2000, the newbie pilot was operating a six-seater plane in Lincoln, Nebraska, when his Beechcraft Bonanza was blown off a runway. A gust of wind had hit the craft, forcing Ford to lose control. The single-engine aircraft had minor damage, and Ford recuperated in Lincoln overnight.

2001: Harrison Ford Saves a Boy Scout

In 2001, Harrison Ford found and rescued Cody Clawson, a 13-year-old boy scout who went missing in Yellowstone National Park. Clawson had been missing for 19 hours when Ford set out to find him along with a large rescue team. In the end, It was Ford himself who spotted Clawson at the bottom of the hill. He was suffering from dehydration. Clawson, who is now all grown up, spoke of the incident years later:

"The pilot turned round and said, 'Good morning'...The way he said it reminded me so much of his role of Han Solo in Star Wars. Then I was like, "Oh my God, Han Solo has just rescued me, how cool is that... I thought I was delirious at first but then realized I wasn't dreaming."

2015: Crash Landing on a Golf Course

Harrison Ford was injured in 2015 when after hastily landing his World War II-era two-seater plane onto the green at Penmar Golf Course in southern California. After taking off from the nearby Santa Monica Airport, Ford reported engine failure shortly after choosing to crash-land at the golf course. He emerged from the wreckage with a broken arm and head injuries and was taken away in a stretcher.

Christian Fry, a spokesperson of the Santa Monica Airport Association, called it "an absolutely beautifully executed emergency landing by an unbelievably well-trained pilot". Meanwhile, Patrick Jones, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said Ford was "absolutely" lucky to escape with his life.

2017: Harrison Ford Discusses Wildfire Rescue

Harrison Ford revealed in 2017 that during the California wildfires, he volunteered to help. Imagine that moment: a smoky fire surrounded by chaos and flames. And while nervously awaiting rescue, the hand that reaches out to you from the chopper is Han Solo. (Or Indiana Jones, if you prefer.) Pretty awesome.

He told RISING Magazine, "[It's] just the kind of volunteer rescue work that a lot of people who own helicopters have performed. I've been in a position to help lift people out of trouble spots during fires or other mishaps and it's very gratifying to be able to do that. But I'm no hero. There are a lot of people who risk their lives regularly to fight forest fires in California and in Wyoming or who go into very dangerous territory doing real search and rescue work. I'm not in that league but I try to do my share."

2017: Lands on a Taxiway Instead of a Runway

Harrison Ford was investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after landing his yellow Aviat Husky plane on a taxiway at the John Wayne Airport in 2017. Mistakenly taking the taxiway for a runway, Ford flew directly over — and narrowly missed hitting — an American Airlines 737 airliner that was carrying over 100 passengers. Immediately after the incident, Ford admitted his mistake in a call to air traffic control. "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," he reported via radio in his signature snarl.

The movie star avoided real disciplinary action for this serious violation, but he was required by the F.A.A. to complete awareness training.

2020: Ford Crosses a Runway — and Gets Scolded

Even in 2020, the 77-year-old pilot was still flying. And making mistakes. Harrison Ford landed at the Hawthorne Airport outside Los Angeles when a tower instructed him, clearly, to wait for another aircraft to make a touch-and-go landing before Ford could taxi across the runway. Ford did not. And was reamed out by the air traffic controller for it. Although there was no danger of a crash, according to the F.A.A., Ford's publicist revealed that the actor did apologize and own up to the mistake.

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