Almost two weeks ago Harrison Ford crash-landed his plane on a golf course after taking off from Santa Monica Airport and not being able to return to the airport for a safe landing. We can all count our lucky stars that we did not lose a star on that day. Luckily, Mr. Ford will recover.

His crash heard ’round the world has once again brought attention to the little airport by the sea and opened the heated debate as to whether it makes sense to operate an airport in such close proximity to a densely packed residential neighborhood. If his little plane had been a jet like the one that crashed and killed four a year and half ago at the same airport, the ending would have been disastrous.

Now is a good time for Mr. Ford, his family, the FAA and the City of Santa Monica to heed the wake-up call.

Alan Levenson
Santa Monica

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