Watch: 'But it was a good landing' - Cheeky Harrison Ford defends recent flying close call at Star Wars event

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Star Wars actor Harrison Ford surprised and delighted thousands of fans with a surprise appearance at the Star Wars Celebration in Florida today. 

Ford flew extremely low over a loaded passenger plane on the ground at a California Airport in February.
Source: Associated Press

Actor Warwick Davis moderated the sprawling look-back at the four decade legacy, featuring appearances by Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Hayden Christensen.

"I can't believe we managed to keep it a secret considering you landed your plane on Interstate-4," Davis joked when the applause died down.

"It was a good landing," Ford said, smiling.

It was a reference to Ford's runway mishap in February, when he flew extremely low over a loaded passenger plane on the ground at a California Airport.

The actor has historically had a tenuous relationship with the fandom around his character Han Solo, but he appeared genuinely happy to reminisce today about the lasting legacy of Lucas' creation.

Lucas said he had already worked with Ford on American Graffiti when he gave Ford the part because it was about "spaceships and flying" and he could fly.

Ford, quoting another of his iconic characters, Indiana Jones, quipped back, "Fly? Yes. Land? No."

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