Harrison Ford involved in passenger jet incident: sources

The "Star Wars" actor, a private pilot, was reportedly landing a plane at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, when he allegedly flew over an American Airlines 737 aircraft bound for Dallas-Ft. Worth.
4:16 | 02/15/17

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We begin with the latest flying mishap for Harrison Ford. It's being investigated by the FAA for landing uncomfortably close to an American airlines jet packed with passengers. David Kerley is on the scene at John Wayne airport in California. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, George. It is dark and foggy today. But on Monday at noon, it was a sunny southern California day as Harrison Ford was on final approach to this airport and talking to controllers. These pictures taken the morning that sources tell ABC news Harrison Ford was in a close call. The pilot of the single engine plane acknowledging instructions to land on runway 20 left at John Wayne airport. But his single engine plane was heading to the parallel taxiway instead where an American airlines 737 with more than 100 passengers on board was waiting to cross the runway to take off. Ford reportedly passed right over top of the jetliners asking controllers whether it was supposed to be below him. He landed safely but landing on a taxiway is a violation. Not his first incident. Two years ago Ford suffered an engine failure just seconds after taking off from Santa Monica airport. Landing on the course. Crash landing that historic World War II era plane on a golf course. Bystanders and paramedics rushing to his rescue. A few months later he told Amy robach he had recovered fully. How are you feeling? I'm doing great, thank you. Thank you, I'm back playing tennis, riding my bikes and having a good time. Reporter: But while he played a spaceship captain Han solo. Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to another. Reporter: And flew a plane as Indiana Jones. I didn't know you could fly a plane. Fly, yes. Land, no. Reporter: Ford has said flying gives him an identity other than Harrison Ford the actor. Get off my plane. Reporter: As he told our Barbara Walters. I love the freedom of flight. I love the places you go. I love seeing the world from -- from an airplane. I'm in love with flying. Reporter: Now the NTSB is gathering information as well but the FAA is investigating. That could end with no action, a letter of reprimand for the possible ref vocation of his license. Guys. You think they'll go that far, David? Reporter: It's hard to say. I mean, it is a serious incident. This is a bigger airport and he did fly right over a commercial jetliner. In fact, the American airlines pilot saw him going overhead. It's really unclear where the FAA will land. They'll be interviewing Harrison Ford, the controllers, everybody involved. Okay, David, thanks very much. Let's talk to our aviation analyst Stephen ganyard about this. Thanks for joining us. Ford was known as a pretty strong pilot after pulling off that crash landing in 2014. What do you think happened? He's a strong pilot then, he's a strong pilot now. He made a mistake as every pilot has or will in the past. Me included. If you saw the graphic you saw you have two parallel runways and the inboard taxiway and he for some reason was convinced that he was lined up with the left runway when he was, in fact, lined up with the taxiway. Sometimes in these high workload environments when landing and John Wayne is a busy airport you can get tricked into your brain can help you make mistakes. We see it often. Airplanes land on the wrong runway and land on taxiways. A couple years ago we saw the 747 land at the wrong airport so I'll go out a bit and be contrary and say that Harrison made a mistake and saw that general jet where those people in any danger? No. So they were not in any danger. So this idea that maybe he should face some kind of -- there are no age restrictions on pirate pilots. He's 74. For commercial pilots it's 65. No age restrictions. You have to meet your FAA physical you go through every year but I don't think we're at the age with Harrison we need to have a discussion about taking away the keys. You don't think he should get a big penalty. I don't. The only penalty that will occur the embarrassment he will suffer from the ribbing he'll take from his buddies at the flying hangar. Okay, Steve ganyard, thanks very much. Pilots, they're known to do that perhaps.

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