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Harrison Ford Lands Plane on Taxiway, Flying Over Passenger Jet

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Actor and pilot Harrison Ford speaks with the General Aviation Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 19, 2013. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 09:59 AM

Harrison Ford is in hot water not with the Empire, but the Federal Aviation Administration for an incident at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, where the "Star Wars" actor reportedly landed his single-engine plane on a taxiway while flying over a passenger airliner.

Air traffic controllers Monday afternoon allegedly cleared the pilot of an Aviat Husky, later identified as Ford, to land on Runway 20L at the airport, the Orange County Register reported.

"The pilot correctly read back the clearance," FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the Register. "The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway."

The newspaper reported that landing on a taxiway is a violation of FAA safety rules.

"Any pilot who violates FAA regulations can face penalties ranging from a warning letter to a license suspension or revocation," Gregor said, according to the Register.

The airliner Ford passed was an American Airlines 737 carrying 110 passengers and a six-person crew, NBC News reported.

Ford, 74, has been involved in a number of crashes and near-crashes connected with his flying hobby over the years, NBC News noted. The actor crash-landed a World War II-era airplane on a golf course in Santa Monica in 2015 after the engine failed. In 1999, he crash-landed a helicopter in Ventura County, California, during a flight lesson. The following year, while making an emergency landing at the Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska, Ford's six-seat Beechcraft Bonanza scraped the runway.

According to People magazine, Ford was hospitalized for weeks after he was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center after the 2015 accident. Ford reportedly suffered a broken pelvis in that incident.

Along with his Hans Solo character in the "Star Wars" franchise, the busy actor has been connected to other movie serials including the "Indiana Jones" series and the Tom Clancy series that included "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger."

Ford broke his left leg in 2014 during the filming of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in London, forcing him to be hospitalized in the middle of movie's production, The Guardian reported.

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Harrison Ford is in hot water with the Federal Aviation Administration for an incident at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, where he reportedly landed his single-engine plane on a taxiway while flying over a passenger airliner.
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