Harrison Ford immediately knew he had made a mistake in his botched flight landing in Los Angeles in February.
According to newly-released audio posted by TMZ, Ford instantly realized his mistake, telling the control tower at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, “I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway.”
On February 13, the 74-year-old “Star Wars” star mistakenly landed on his small, private plane on the taxiway – instead of the runway – at the airport, narrowly missing a commercial jetliner that was taxiing for take-off.
“I was distracted by the aircraft which was in movement when I turned to the runway and also the big turbulence from the landing,” he can be heard telling the control tower in the recording.
A pilot of 14 years, Ford took responsibility for the mistake, admitting it was a “big deal.” The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the mishap.
“The FAA considers that a very major violation of the federal air regulations. They are going to go after him basically to take his license away. Fortunately for him, no one was hurt,” Captain Ross Aimer, a retired United Airlines pilot told People last month.
Video of the incident shows Ford’s yellow prop plane flying over an American Airlines jet as it waits to cross the runway the actor was cleared to land on.
In recordings, Ford can be heard saying, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” as he lands mistakenly on the taxiway at the airport. Shortly before t
he botched landing, Ford was heard making mistakes and fumbling his words when communicating with air traffic controllers.