On February 13, Ford accidentally landed his single-engine plane on a taxiway, instead of a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. He flew directly over an American Airlines Boeing 737, ready to take off with 116 people on board. That's bad.
"[I'm] the schmuck that landed on the taxiway. I was distracted by the airliner which was in movement when I turned to the runway and also the big turbulence from the landing."
The pilot of the American Airlines 737 can also be heard talking about Ford's accidental proximity:
"The tail of my airplane is 42 ft. tall. So when he went by … you get an idea of how close it was."
At the time of the faulty landing, Ford asked the air traffic control tower, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" When he realized his mistake, he acknowledged, "Oh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie. I understand now. Sorry for that."
The incident left everyone confused, and led to an investigation by the FAA, but at least no one was hurt. And it's not like Indiana Jones didn't warn us…
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