The actor reportedly flew dangerously close to a taxiing passenger plane after mistakenly landing in a taxiway instead of the runway he was cleared for.
Ford, 74, was piloting his single-engine plane when tower control gave him the go-ahead to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. But when the actor instead maneuvered toward a taxiway, his plane flew over an American Airlines departing flight with 110 passengers on board and a six-person crew. The Dallas-bound 737 aircraft was reportedly able to safely take off minutes after the incident.
The actor was reportedly captured on air traffic control recordings asking, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Air traffic control then informed the actor that he inadvertently landed on a taxiway with awaiting aircraft instead of the runway he was instructed to head toward.
The Federal Aviation Administration told NBC News that controllers gave Ford the proper landing instructions and that he read them back. According to NBC anchor Tom Costello, the FAA is opening an investigation into the incident. The news anchor also tweeted that American Airlines is asking both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to open an investigation into the incident.
If Ford is found at fault, his pilot license — which he uses to operate his vintage plane collection — could be suspended, though he may also just receive a warning letter.
A rep for the actor had no comment.
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