SANTA ANA, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Newly released video shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport.
The 45 seconds of soundless video show the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star’s potentially serious mishap last week at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
Ford, 74, was told to land his single-engine plane on a runway, but he instead landed on a parallel taxiway.
The video released Tuesday shows the American Airlines 737 taxiing slowly. Then Ford’s yellow Aviat Husky suddenly zooms in from the right of the frame, flying low over the airliner and casting its shadow down the middle of the bigger plane before landing on the taxiway.
“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford was heard on air traffic control recordings asking, according to NBC.
The video then shows the same landing from the back, giving more time to the approach of Ford’s plane, but the flyover itself is barely visible.
No reason has been given for why Ford made the mistake, and his publicist has not replied to requests for comment.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.
Ford collects vintage planes and has a long and good record as an aviator.
But he has had several close-calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer as it crashed on a Los Angeles golf course.
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