The incident has prompted some to question Ford's flying abilities. People want to know if Harrison Ford had the experience and knowledge to fly the air craft in the first place. And the answer is a resounding "yes." It sounds like crashing on a golf course was the best option Ford had considering the situation he was in. The crash could have been way worse if the actor landed the plane elsewhere, because by crashing on a the golf course, he avoided the more populated suburban areas that were nearby. Yes, he put his own life at risk, but by avoiding areas with more people, he saved their lives from being endangered.
Charlie Thompson, a flight instructor who saw Ford take off, explained that this was the safe route to take, saying,
When you have an engine failure as a pilot you are taught the number one priority is the safety of the people on the ground. The golf course is the place where you could land the safest for the local community and making sure he didn't endanger the people in the local area.
He risked life and limb by putting it down on the golf course instead of trying to go further to try to get back to the airport. Another 25 to 30 yards and... I don't want to think about it. He saved several lives.
It may seem like a total accident to land on the golf course, or even a poor decision not to attempt landing at the airport, but it was actually the best call when it was clear that the plane could not make it all the way to the runway.
Yes, he sustained unfortunate injuries, but Ford put the safety of others above his own and that is something that makes him a truly great pilot.
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