- Actor Harrison Ford had a near-miss incident with a passenger plane at a California airport
- He mistakenly landed on a taxiway instead of a runway
- The FAA said they gave Ford the proper instructions and the actor even read them back
Veteran Hollywood actor Harrison Ford has figured in a potentially-dangerous, near-miss incident with a passenger plane at a California airport on Monday, February 13.
Ford was reportedly flying his private plane – a single-engine Husky – and radioed for landing instructions at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
He was instructed by ground control to land on runway 20L but mistakenly landed at a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines 737 with 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
The 74-year-old Star Wars actor was reportedly heard on radio asking: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
It was then that air traffic controllers informed Ford he landed on a taxiway, instead of a runway.
Federal Aviation Authorities (FAA) told NBC News that controllers gave the actor the proper landing instructions which he even read back to them.
“Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon. The pilot correctly read back the clearance,” said FAA in a statement.
The “Indiana Jones” star could possibly face sanctions anywhere between a warning letter to suspension of his flying license for violating FAA rules.
Ford is a certified pilot with decades of flying experience.
However, he has been into a series near-misses and accidents over the past few years, the most recent of which was in 2015 when he crash-landed his WWII plane on a Santa Monica golf course following an engine failure.
In 2000, his 6-seater Beechcraft Bonanza hit the runway hard during an emergency landing at Nebraska’s Lincoln Municipal Airport, and the year before that, he crash-landed a chopper during a flight lesson in Ventura County, California.