Here's What We Know About Harrison Ford's Near-Death Experience

Actor Harrison Ford has made a pretty decent living (how much he's actually worth probably won't surprise you) playing characters who are constantly escaping death by the hairs of their chinny-chin-chins. Whether it's Han Solo fleeing Imperial Star Destroyers in the Millennium Falcon or Indiana Jones grabbing his fedora just before the booby-trapped door slams shut, Ford is no stranger to getting us to believe he barely made it out with his life.

But he doesn't keep the close calls confined to the silver screen. According to Men's Health, he's had more than one close encounter with the Grim Reaper, and they both had to do with aircraft. (Maybe he's not as good a pilot as Han Solo would have us believe.) The first was in 1999. He was flying a helicopter and hit the ground too hard on the landing. The craft bounced and tilted onto its side. A pretty harrowing incident, but the action flick superstar made it out alive to keep on adventuring for us to this day.

Harrison Ford's second near-death experience

After that helicopter crash, Ford played it safe for a while. But by March 2015, he was once again getting into tight spots with crazy flying contraptions. According to the BBC, this time it was a vintage airplane he'd been flying. He suffered injuries when he crash-landed it onto a Los Angeles golf course, but luckily they weren't life-threatening. By December of that year, he was doing better. As E! Online reported, he told "Good Morning America" that he was "doing great" less than a year after the crash. "I'm back playing tennis, riding my bikes and having a good time."

One thing he probably shouldn't have gotten back into was flying. The BBC would go on to report two years later that the self-styled pilot flew dangerously low over an American Airlines commercial flight carrying 110 passengers. Ford admitted that he'd been a "schmuck" when he'd performed the maneuver. Despite his shoddy history with flying machines, he was allowed to keep his pilot's license without any restrictions or penalizations. Good luck to anyone in Californian airspace, but fortunately the rest of the galaxy is safe from Harrison Ford's terrible piloting skills. For now.