Harrison Ford Involved in Scary Incident with Passenger Plane
On Monday, actor Harrison Ford was reportedly involved in a high-risk incident while flying his private plane, according to NBC News.
Though Ford, 74, was instructed to land on runway 20-L at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., he apparently made a mistake and aimed for a taxiway landing. As a result, his plane passed over a commercial aircraft carrying 110 passengers. In an air traffic control recording, Ford is heard asking, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"
Despite the mishap, the American Airlines Flight 1546 was able to safely depart.
The incident has sparked an FAA investigation, since the taxiway landing is a violation of safety rules. As a result of the error, Ford could have his pilot license suspended or receive a warning letter.
Though the FAA did not confirm it was Ford in the incident, a spokesperson said in a statement to “Extra” on Tuesday afternoon, "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. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating this incident.”
This isn't Ford's first incident with a plane. In 2015, he suffered a broken pelvis, ankle, and sustained minor head injuries after he was forced to crash land his vintage airplane on a golf course in Santa Monica.
At the time, an eyewitness claimed that Harrison "saved several lives” by landing at the golf course. Camera assistant Eddie Aguglia told NBC News, "Looking at where he crashed and how the plane went down, I'm sure there was a moment where he said, 'I'm not going to risk lives, whatever happens, happens. It's going to be just me.' He risked life and limb by putting it down on the golf course instead of trying to go further to try to get back to the airport. Another 25 to 30 yards and... I don't want to think about it. He saved several lives."
Back in 2011, “Extra” caught up with Harrison Ford at the Living Legends Aviation Awards, where he opened up about piloting.
He said, “I like to fly all kinds of airplanes. From jets to helicopters to little airplanes. I like it all.”
Harrison was joined by his wife Calista Flockhart, who said she felt safe with him as a pilot. Watch!