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Harrison Ford Under Investigation After Close Call With Passenger Plane

The actor mistakenly landed in a taxiway, according to reports.

15/02/2017 5:18 PM AEDT | Updated 15/02/2017 5:18 PM AEDT
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Harrison Ford is no stranger to aircraft mishaps.

The Federal Aviation Administration is reportedly investigating an incident involving Harrison Ford after the actor, a vintage plane enthusiast, reportedly had a close call with a passenger plane at a Southern California airport Monday.

According to NBC News, the 74-year-old actor was piloting a private plane when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway after flying over a passenger aircraft that was stopped in front of a runway and was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Taxiways are used by aircrafts to get to and from the runway. They look similar to runways but are not as wide, according to the FAA website. Planes landing on taxiways are in violation of FAA safety rules, the Orange County Register reports.

Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L” on Monday afternoon, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the Los Angeles Times. “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.”

After flying over the 737, the “Star Wars” actor reportedly asked air traffic controllers, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” according to NBC News.

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Harrison Ford pilots his De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver at an airshow in Westchester, Illinois, on July 28, 2016.

Gregor of the FAA told the OC Register that pilots who violate FAA regulations face penalties ranging from receiving a warning letter to having their license revoked

Ford has decades of flying experience, but he’s also been involved in several accidents.

In 2015, the actor crash-landed a World War II-era single-engine airplane on a golf course near Santa Monica Municipal Airport after the plane had a mechanical malfunction. The actor survived with lacerations to his scalp, according to CBS News.

Ford also crash-landed a helicopter during a lesson in Ventura, California, in 1999, NBC reported.

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