Harrison Ford was involved in a “potentially serious” incident while piloting his private plane last Monday. It is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report by NBC Nightly News.
Nearly two years after surviving a hard crash-landing of his single-engine 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR at the airport in Santa Monica, the actor accidentally flew directly over a loaded commercial jetliner in Orange County, California. He mistakenly landed on a taxiway instead of a runway, according to NBC News.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane was cleared to land at runway 20L. And the pilot correctly read back the clearance. "The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway," Gregor said.
Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at John Wayne Airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star's potentially serious mishap.
In it, an American Airlines 737 is taxiing slowly. Then Ford's yellow, single-engine Aviat Husky suddenly zooms in from the right of the frame, flying low over the airliner and casting its shadow down the middle of the bigger plane before landing on the taxiway.
But for the airliner, the taxiway and runway are both wide open and apparently unmistakable. The video then shows the same landing from the back, giving more time to the approach of Ford's plane, but the flyover itself is barely visible.No reason has been given for why Ford made the mistake, and his publicist has not replied to requests for comment. Harrison Ford
American Airlines flight 1546 to Dallas had 110 passengers and a six-person crew. It was waiting for the private plane to land before taking off, a person familiar with the matter said. It left shortly after the private plane landed without incident.
Ford was allegedly heard on an air traffic control recording saying: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Controllers then apparently informed Ford that he was landing on a taxiway instead of runway 20-L. A representative for Ford declined to comment.
The FAA is investigating the incident. If found at fault. Ford could receive a written reprimand or a suspension of his pilot’s license.
This wasn’t the first time Ford had trouble in the cockpit. In 2015, he crash-landed a World War II-era airplane on a Santa Monica golf course, when the engine failed. He suffered a broken arm and minor head injuries.
In 1999, Ford crash-landed a helicopter during a flight lesson in Ventura County, California. And, since we’re here, in 2000, Ford’s six-seater Beechcraft Bonanza scraped the runway while making an emergency landing at Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska.
NBC reported that Ford is known as an excellent pilot by people who would now such things. Someone who saw his 2015 crash landing in Santa Monica told that Ford “saved several lives” by avoiding a tract of suburban homes and getting his plane to Penmar Golf Course.