Harrison Ford in dangerous ‘near-miss’ incident with passenger plane at US airport


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  • 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.

This article has been viewed 1879 times. Article originally posted: February 15, 2017, 3:36 am (UTC-0). Last update: February 15, 2017 at 6:39 am (UTC-0).

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