Harrison Ford's Near Miss With Passenger Plane

It was a near miss for actor and pilot Harrison Ford Monday in California as he was flying his private plane.

Ford collects vintage planes, and had been instructed to land on a certain runway. He mistakenly aimed his single-engine plane for a taxiway instead. His plane passed over the top of an American Airlines 737 carrying 110 passengers and a six-person crew.

The passenger plane managed to depart safely for Dallas just minutes after the incident. 

The 74-year-old actor was heard on air traffic control recordings asking, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Air traffic controllers then told Ford that he had landed on a taxiway rather than the runway. That’s also a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules. The FAA says that controllers gave Ford the proper landing instructions and that he read them back. 

The incident has prompted an FAA investigation — which could lead to Ford's pilot's license being suspended.

Ford has been involved in a series of crashes and near-crashes while flying planes. In 2015, he crash-landed an airplane on a Santa Monica golf course after the engine failed. He also crash-landed a helicopter in 1999 during a flight lesson, and in 2000, Ford's plane scraped the runway during an emergency landing in Nebraska.

Source: NBC News

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