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Harrison Ford is back in the air days after airplane incident

An investigation into the close call has reportedly been launched.

Harrison Ford is back in the cockpit days after narrowly avoiding a serious incident with a passenger plane at a California airport earlier this week (ends17Feb17).

The Star Wars icon, a licensed pilot, was given permission to land his single engine Husky on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday (13Feb17), but sources told NBC News he aimed for a parallel taxiway instead. The alleged mistake led Ford to fly his private aircraft in above an American Airlines jet, which was waiting for take-off with 110 passengers and six crew members on board.

Despite the worrying mishap, on Thursday (16Feb17), Ford was seen boarding a Cessna 680 two-engine jet with a co-pilot at Santa Monica Airport. Before take-off, he was asked by a TMZ cameraman if he was "OK" after Monday's close call, but instead of answering the question directly, he simply laughed.

The actor's mid-air scare is currently under investigation by Federal Aviation Administration representatives, as landing on a taxiway is a violation of the organisation's safety rules.

At the time of the drama, the 74-year-old star was heard asking air traffic control officials, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

The American Airlines flight was able to make a safe departure for Dallas, Texas moments after the close call.

The incident occurred almost two years after Ford was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in Santa Monica in March, 2015 after the engine of his single-engine vintage plane died shortly after take-off. The star suffered a broken pelvis and ankle in the crash-landing.

Experts heaped praise on Ford, insisting his skills as a pilot helped him land the plane without threatening any lives.

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