FAA investigating airplane incident reported to involve actor Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford almost flew his private plane into a passenger jet at a California airport on Monday, according to NBC News.

The Hollywood star, who holds a private pilot license, only just overshot the American Airlines plane after accidentally coming down on a taxiing lane instead of a runway in California, according to NBC News. But when the actor instead maneuvered toward a taxiway, his plane flew over an American Airlines departing flight with 110 passengers on board and a six-person crew.

The 74-year-old actor was heard on a recording asking "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Officials told NBC News that controllers gave Ford the correct landing instructions and he repeated them back. However, for now, it has been confirmed that Ford is safe, and unharmed, which is definitely good news. The Dallas-bound 737 aircraft was reportedly able to safely take off minutes after the incident.

Air traffic controllers then informed Ford that he had landed on a taxiway rather than the runway.

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Landing a plane on a taxiway is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules.

In 2015 he suffered a broken arm and minor head injuries when he was forced to make an emergency landing on a Santa Monica golf course in a World War II-era airplane. He was inducted as a Living Legend of Aviation.

He also downed a helicopter in 1999 during a training session.

The FAA did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

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