Harrison Ford's plane narrowly missed a commercial jet, and we're starting to worry

Harrison Ford's plane narrowly missed a commercial jet, and we're starting to worry
This file photo taken on March 6, 2015 shows firefighters and an aviation official remove the 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR plane that crashed onto a golf course and was piloted by US actor Harrison Ford in Venice, California.
PHOTO: AFP

Harrison Ford is finding out one near-miss at a time that piloting a private vintage warbird ain't like dustin' crops.

Nearly two years after surviving a hard crash-landing of his single-engine 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR at the airport in Santa Monica, the actor formerly known as Han Solo accidentally flew directly over a loaded commercial jetliner in Orange County, California, when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway instead of a runway, according to NBC News.

No one was hurt and Ford safely landed his single-engine Husky - a modern, American-made backcountry flier - in the Monday afternoon incident.

He could, however, have his pilot's license suspended after the Federal Aviation Administration completes its investigation.

According to NBC News, the 74-year-old had been properly told to land on runway 20-L at John Wayne Airport, but mistakenly aimed for a taxiway.

Along the way he buzzed over a parked American Airlines 737, which was carrying 116 souls and departed safely just a few minutes later.

File photo: AFP

Ford was heard saying "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" on recordings captured by air traffic controllers, who then told him of his mistake.

Honest mix-up or not, landing on a taxiway is a violation of FAA rules.

Ford may very well get away with just a warning here, but whatever the consequences, he made off far better than on March 5, 2015, when his World War II-era training aircraft lost power.

An experienced and highly regarded pilot who collects vintage planes, Ford was able to put that single-engine plane down on the fairway of a municipal golf course - a move that won him hero's status for avoiding the dense residential areas all around - breaking his arm and suffering minor head injuries in the process.

A rep for Ford did not immediately return a request for comment.

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