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Harrison Ford mistakenly lands his plane on airport taxiway near plane about to take off

Ford's plane passed over American Airlines plane with 116 people on board

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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.Actor Harrison Ford was involved in a potentially serious plane incident on Monday in California as he was flying his private plane, a single engine Husky, NBC News reports.

Ford, 74, is a licensed pilot who collects vintage planes, NBC News said. He was told to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport, but mistakenly landed on a taxiway.

On the taxiway, Ford flew over an American Airlines plane with 110 passengers and six person crew members. The passenger plane, AA flight 1546, departed safely for Dallas minutes after Ford's landing.

"Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Ford asked air traffic control workers, NBC News learned.

Air traffic controllers told Ford that he had landed on a taxiway, which is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules, NBC News said.

The FAA told NBC News that controllers gave Ford the proper landing instructions and that he read them back.

The FAA is investigating the incident. Ford could receive a simple warning letter or have his pilot's license suspended, NBC News said.

Previous incidents

Ford has been involved in a series of crashes and near-misses while flying aircraft, NBC News said.

In 2015 he crash-landed a World War II-era airplane on a Santa Monica golf course after the engine failed, suffering a broken arm and minor head injuries.

He also crash-landed a helicopter in 1999 during a flight lesson in Ventura County, California. And in 2000, Ford's six-seater Beechcraft Bonanza scraped the runway during an emergency landing at Nebraska's Lincoln Municipal Airport.

But Ford is revered as an excellent pilot in aviation circles. He was inducted as a Living Legend of Aviation.

A witness to Ford's 2015 Santa Monica crash told NBC News that Ford "saved several lives" by rerouting his crash landing to the Penmar Golf Course to avoid a tract of suburban homes.

NBC News reached out to Ford's representatives for comment, but did not immediately receive a formal response.