Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner

Video released on Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people on board at a Southern California airport.

The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones star’s potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

In it, an American Airlines 737 is taxiing slowly. Then Ford’s yellow, single-engine 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.

Ford was supposed to have landed on a runway that runs parallel to the taxiway.

“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford asks in previously released sound from the air traffic control tower.

But for the airliner, the taxiway and runway are both wide-open and apparently unmistakable. 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 the incident.

American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew members on board, 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 Second World War-era trainer as it crashed on a Los Angeles golf course.

More in this Section

Elton John enlists help of A-list friends for live coronavirus relief concertElton John enlists help of A-list friends for live coronavirus relief concert

US country star Joe Diffie dies after testing positive for Covid-19US country star Joe Diffie dies after testing positive for Covid-19

Ronan Keating ‘spreads some cheer’ with birth of daughter CocoRonan Keating ‘spreads some cheer’ with birth of daughter Coco

Katherine Jenkins: I acted on instinct in street robberyKatherine Jenkins: I acted on instinct in street robbery


Lifestyle

Louisa Earls is a manager at Books Upstairs, D’Olier St, Dublin, which is owned by her father, Maurice Earls.Virus response writes a new chapter for Books Upstairs

'That ladder you’ve got out is it safe; do you know what you’re doing?'Ireland's DIYers causing problems for doctors during covid19 crisis

I'm writing this column on March 25. Dates are suddenly vital. Measures to lower the death toll from Covid-19 improve daily. For some of us, their early implementation makes the difference between life and death.Damien Enright: Coping with confinement by coronavirus in the Canaries

There are almost three million motor vehicles in Ireland, more than one for every two people.Richard Collins: Glimmer of hope for the dwindling hedgehog

More From The Irish Examiner