Harrison Ford’s errant piloting of a private plane that flew over a jetliner taxiing for takeoff has been captured in video footage.
John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, released video posted by media Wednesday, showing the Feb. 13 incident from three angles. In the soundless, 64-second footage, the single-engine Aviat Husky piloted by the 74-year-old “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” film-series star crosses the screen left to right, its shadow falling on an American Airlines 737 perpendicular to it.
A second angle shows the small propeller plane from behind as it approaches the jet, slowly rolling into its path. In the final, longest segment, shot from an opposite angle, Ford’s plane has already passed over the commercial airliner and comes in for a landing.
“Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport” that afternoon, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement the next day. “The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway” on which the plane was supposed to land, “overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating.”
In audio posted online Friday by TMZ.com, Ford, taking off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport at 11:49 a.m. on Feb. 13, inadvertently tells the control tower that he is in a helicopter. He repeats the word twice in an apparent stutter before quickly correcting himself and confirming his aircraft’s identification as “Husky Niner Hotel Uniform” and his personal code as 0214. Ford then continues speaking to the Santa Monica tower, which informs him that by this point in the flight, he should be communicating with Los Angeles air traffic controllers instead. TMZ said he landed at John Wayne Airport approximately 18 minutes later.
“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford asked air traffic controllers in separate audio, NBC News reported. No one was injured in the incident, and American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew, departed safely for Dallas.
The FAA has a range of options, from issuing Ford a warning to suspending his pilot’s license.
Representatives for Ford — who was involved in crash landings in 1999 and 2015, and scraped a runway during an emergency landing in 2000 — have not responded to requests for comment.