Harrison Ford Calls Himself a 'Schmuck' for Plane Landing Snafu
Mar 26 2017
"I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway", Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss on February 13 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. "I was distracted by the airliner in moving when I turned into the runway and the wake turbulence by the Airbus".
The air traffic controller also warns Ford that he will need to "fill out some paperwork" documenting the mistaken landing, in the FAA recording.
The incident is under investigation, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
The air traffic controller is heard asking Ford for name and pilot's licence, telling him to take his time finding the ID number.
In audio released by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US, Ford says, "Yeah, hi, it's Husky Eight-Niner Hotel Uniform [call sign] and the schmuck that landed on the taxiway".
The 74-year-old "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star flew his single-engine Aviat Husky low over American Airlines Flight 1456, casting its shadow down the middle of the bigger plane, before landing on the taxiway.
"It's a big deal for me", Ford replies.
"Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"
A video released last month shows Ford's plane making its landing, narrowly avoiding the passenger jet. He was then informed that he landed on a taxiway, and after he realized the error, he told the tower, "I understand now", and apologized.
Ford's publicist did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
Ford, who collects vintage planes, has a long record as an aviator.
Ford had a serious accident in March 2015 when his private plane crashed on a Los Angeles golf course after engine failure.
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