Harrison Ford landing mishap at John Wayne Airport investigated by FAA

Harrison Ford was involved in an incident with a passenger plane on Tuesday as he was landing his private aircraft, according to NBC News.

According to the report, Ford, an experienced pilot, mistook the taxiway for one of the airport's runways and his plane passed over the top of an American Airlines 737 loaded with 110 passengers and a six-person crew. Harrison asked air-traffic controllers, who told the star of Indiana Jones and Star Wars films that he had landed on a taxiway, a recording shows.

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.

The flight, which was headed to Dallas-Fort Worth, was reportedly able to depart safely. "The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway".

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A longtime pilot, Ford is listed among the "Living Legends of Aviation" on Wikipedia.

But it was just the latest in a series of mishaps for the actor, who has previously come to grief while flying his collection of vintage small planes.

The near-miss has sparked an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, which could result in a warning or even a suspension of Ford's pilot licence.

In 2015 he crash-landed a World War II-era airplane on a Santa Monica golf course after the engine failed, suffering a broken arm and minor head injuries. John Wayne Airport officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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