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Harrison Ford involved in aviation incident at California airport, report says

Harrison Ford arrives at the 2016 Golden Globe

Harrison Ford arrives at the 2016 Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills. The FAA plans to investigate a Feb. 13, 2017, landing incident involving the actor. Credit: Invision / Jordan Strauss

Harrison Ford’s attempt to land his private plane on Monday came close to resembling a dramatic scene from one of his action movies, NBC News reports.

The 74-year-old actor, who is also an experienced pilot, was in the process of landing his single-engine Husky on runway 20-L at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Ford inadvertently aimed for a taxiway, and the Husky passed over the top of an American Airlines 737 jet with 110 passengers and six crew members on board. The airliner was able to leave safely for Dallas moments later.

Air traffic control recordings captured Ford asking: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Ford was given proper landing instructions, which he read back to them. Landing on a taxiway is a violation of the organization’s rules, and the FAA plans to investigate the incident, which could result in Ford’s license being suspended.

This is not the first time Ford has been involved in an aviation incident. Two years ago, Ford, who collects vintage aircraft, crash-landed a 1940s airplane on a Santa Monica golf course after the engine failed. He ended up with a broken arm and minor head injuries.

In 1999, he crash-landed a helicopter during a flight lesson in Ventura County, California. The following year, Ford’s Beechcraft Bonanza plane scraped the runway during an emergency landing at Nebraska’s Lincoln Municipal Airport.

Ford’s representatives did not respond to NBC’s request for a comment.

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