Har­ri­son Ford said to have flown over com­mer­cial plane

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Mr. Ford, 74, an avid pi­lot and col­lec­tor of vin­tage planes, had been in­structed to land on a run­way at John Wayne Air­port in Santa Ana, Calif. He cor­rectly read back the in­struc­tions but landed in­stead on a taxi­way par­al­lel to the run­way. In do­ing so, he flew his plane, a sin­gle-en­gine Aviat Husky, over a 737 that was stopped just ahead of the run­way.

NBC News, which re­ported on the episode, said Mr. Ford’s plane flew over an Amer­i­can Air­lines jet with 110 pas­sen­gers and a six-per­son crew. It was un­clear how far above the air­liner he was. NBC re­ported that Mr. Ford could be heard on air-traf­fic con­trol record­ings ask­ing, “Was that air­liner meant to be un­der­neath me?”

For Mr. Ford, who played Han Solo, the swash­buck­ling pi­lot of the Mil­len­nium Fal­con in the “Star Wars” movies, the er­rant land­ing was the sec­ond no­table episode in­volv­ing an air­craft he was pi­lot­ing in nearly two years and the fourth since 1999.

On Tues­day, Ian Gre­gor, a spokesman for the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Pa­cific di­vi­sion, con­firmed most de­tails of the episode and said that the agency was in­ves­ti­gat­ing it. No one was in­jured.

Mr. Gre­gor did not con­firm that Mr. Ford was pi­lot­ing the pri­vate plane be­cause the agency does not iden­tify peo­ple in­volved in air­craft episodes or ac­ci­dents.

Mr. Gre­gor, speak­ing in gen­eral, said in an email that pilots who vi­o­lated agency reg­u­la­tions could face penalties rang­ing from a warn­ing let­ter to hav­ing their li­censes sus­pended or re­voked. Land­ing on a taxi­way is a vi­o­la­tion of fed­eral safety rules.

United Tal­ent Agency, which rep­re­sents Mr. Ford, re­ferred in­quiries to his pub­li­cist, Ina Tre­ciokas, who de­clined to com­ment Tues­day night.

Mr. Ford is cer­ti­fied as a pri­vate pi­lot and is rated by the F.A.A. to fly sev­eral types of air­craft, in­clud­ing a he­li­copter, ac­cord­ing to agency records. He has been in­ducted into the Liv­ing Le­gends of Avi­a­tion and has an honor named af­ter him, the Har­ri­son Ford Avi­a­tion Le­gacy Award.

Other episodes in­volv­ing Mr. Ford and air­craft:

• In March 2015, Mr. Ford was in­jured when a sin­gle-en­gine, World War II-era train­ing plane he was pi­lot­ing crashed onto a golf course in Venice, Calif., shortly af­ter tak­ing off from Santa Mon­ica Air­port. The plane had en­gine trou­ble on take­off, and Mr. Ford was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing. He was “banged up” but walked away from the scene, his pub­li­cist said at the time.

• In June 2000, while land­ing in Lin­coln, Neb., a gust blew Mr. Ford’s plane from the run­way. The air­craft, a Beechcraft Bo­nanza, sus­tained mi­nor dam­age, and nei­ther Mr. Ford nor his pas­sen­ger were in­jured, AirSafe.com, a web­site about plane crashes, re­ported.

• In Oc­to­ber 1999 in Santa Clarita, Calif., Mr. Ford was on a train­ing flight in a Bell 206 he­li­copter when he and the in­struc­tor made an emer­gency land­ing in a dry riverbed, ac­cord­ing to AirSafe.com. Nei­ther Mr. Ford nor the in­struc­tor were hurt, but the he­li­copter was sub­stan­tially dam­aged. -

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