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I'm a schmuck, says Harrison Ford

I'm a schmuck, says Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford's yellow, single-engine Aviat Husky flies over an American Airlines 737 at John Wayne Airport in Southern California on February 13, 2017, in this screen capture from surveillance video.

American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.

He landed on a taxiway instead of a runway.

Ford can be heard at one point asking if the larger airliner was supposed to be in the same area.

The audio recording was released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is investigating the incident.

He added, "I was distracted by the airliner, which was in - when I turned to the runway and also the turbulence from the landing airbus and the gravel runway".

After he's asked for his name, Ford tells the air traffic controller who he is which is followed by a simple "Okay", but the big reveal seems to come later.

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During the call to the tower, Ford has to dig through his backpack to find his pilot certificate and the FAA employee tells him the delay "is not a big deal" and to take his time.

The veteran actor was flying a small plane that mistakenly landed on a taxiway of a Santa Ana airport, flying directly over a waiting American Airlines Boeing 737 commercial jet that had 116 people aboard, federal officials said. "...you get an idea of how close we were".

Ford collects vintage planes and has been a pilot for years.

"Oh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie". I understand now. Sorry for that, ' he said.

Ford, 74, who is famous for his roles in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movies, could face disciplinary action from the FAA.

In March 2015 his World War II era plane lost power and crashed on a golf course in Los Angeles.


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