Video shows Harrison Ford's plane narrowly missing airliner

Newly-released video shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford mistakenly flying low over an airliner taxiing at a Southern California airport.

The 45 seconds of video shows the 74-year-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

In the video, an American Airlines Boeing 737 is taxiing slowly, then Ford's yellow, single-engine plane suddenly zooms in from the right of the frame, flying low over the jet and casting its shadow down the middle of the 737 before landing on the taxiway.

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

In a previously-released sound from air traffic control, Ford asks: "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

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 aboard, departed safely for Dallas, Texas, 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.

AP


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