Harrison Ford is back in the cockpit days after narrowly avoiding a serious incident with a passenger plane at a California airport earlier this week (ends17Feb17).
The Star Wars icon, a licensed pilot, was given permission to land his single engine Husky on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday (13Feb17), but sources told NBC News he aimed for a parallel taxiway instead. The alleged mistake led Ford to fly his private aircraft in above an American Airlines jet, which was waiting for take-off with 110 passengers and six crew members on board.
Despite the worrying mishap, on Thursday (16Feb17), Ford was seen boarding a Cessna 680 two-engine jet with a co-pilot at Santa Monica Airport. Before take-off, he was asked by a TMZ cameraman if he was “OK” after Monday’s close call, but instead of answering the question directly, he simply laughed.
The actor’s mid-air scare is currently under investigation by Federal Aviation Administration representatives, as landing on a taxiway is a violation of the organisation’s safety rules.
At the time of the drama, the 74-year-old star was heard asking air traffic control officials, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
The American Airlines flight was able to make a safe departure for Dallas, Texas moments after the close call.
The incident occurred almost two years after Ford was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in Santa Monica in March, 2015 after the engine of his single-engine vintage plane died shortly after take-off. The star suffered a broken pelvis and ankle in the crash-landing.
Experts heaped praise on Ford, insisting his skills as a pilot helped him land the plane without threatening any lives.