It seems that when you’re Han Solo

Scoop: Harrison Ford, er, Han Solo, cleared after near-miss

It seems that when you’re Han Solo, you can get away with stuff.

On Monday, authorities announced that Harrison Ford won’t be relieved of his pilot’s license, or won’t be fined after his close call with a loaded passenger plane in Orange County.

The famed “Star Wars” actor and aviation enthusiast had a near miss with an American Airlines jet carrying more than 100 people when he mistakenly landed his single-engine Husky plane in the wrong place Feb. 13.

The 74-year-old was supposed to land on runway 20-L at John Wayne Airport, but instead went toward a taxiway, flying dangerously close over the passenger plane.

He did sound a bit out of sorts in audio of the incident, in which he said, “I’m the schmuck who landed on the taxiway.”

His attorney Stephen Hofer confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration investigated and interviewed Ford, and closed out the matter with the comment, “Mr. Ford has held a pilot’s certificate for more than 20 years, has logged more than 5,000 hours in the air, and has never been the subject of an FAA administrative or enforcement action.”

He has, however, been involved in accidents, including a 2015 crash-landing of his World War II-era airplane on a Santa Monica golf course in which he suffered a broken arm and minor head injuries.


Marvel is backtracking after a sales executive suggested that a recent sales slump may have been caused by the company’s attention to diversifying its comics.

At the Marvel Retailer Summit over the weekend, senior vice president David Gabriel touched off sparks when he said the addition of racially diverse and female characters could have led to a sales decline.

However, on Monday, he “clarified” to pop culture site, “We have also been hearing from stores that welcome and champion our new characters and titles and want more!”


Val Cantu of Californios in The City is on Food & Wine’s 10-person 2017 best new chefs list. … Yelp reservations today released a list of the 100 most popular restaurants in The City that reservations, and the top 10 are: Sotto Mare, Liholiho Yacht Club, House of Prime Rib, August 1 Five, Fog Harbor Fish House, Nopa, The House, Akiko’s Restaurant, Gary Danko and Kitchen Story; Vishwas Prabhakara, head of Yelp reservations, says, “From this list we can tell that San Franciscans appreciate a diversity in types of cuisine, price points, and they embrace new hot spots but don’t forget about classic local favorites.”


Actress Jamie Lynn Spears is 26. … Actress Natasha Lyonne is 38. … Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 52. … Comedian David Cross is 53. … Actress Christine Lahti is 67. … Actor Craig T. Nelson is 73.

— Staff, wire reports

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