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Harrison Ford plane-landing investigation could take a while

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/15/2017 PETER SBLENDORIO

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It could be a while before Harrison Ford's plane-landing investigation reaches its final act.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) might take several weeks — or even longer — to determine whether the "Star Wars" actor should face repercussions after missing his designated runway and mistakenly landing his private plane on a taxiway instead, TMZ reports.

The incident — which occurred Tuesday at Orange County, Calif.'s John Wayne Airport — does not present "an immediate danger," and since the FAA is understaffed and backlogged, it could take some time before Ford's fate is determined, sources told the gossip website.

Ford's mistake could potentially lead to a suspended pilot's license, according to NBC News, which first reported the actor's landing snafu. Harrison Ford is being investigated by the FAA after landing his private plane on a taxiway. - Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Harrison Ford is being investigated by the FAA after landing his private plane on a taxiway. - Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

During his landing, Ford flew his single-engine jet over an American Airlines 737 plane that had 110 passengers and a six-man crew onboard. The other plane departed for Dallas several minutes later, but landing on a taxiway is considered a violation of FAA rules, according to NBC News.

The FAA confirmed to the Daily News that Ford was given landing instructions from air-traffic controllers, and he managed to read them back correctly.

He was reportedly heard on a recording asking, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

It was partly cloudy in California at the time of Ford's landing, but he was still able to see the ground, according to TMZ. The taxiway at the airport is reportedly not marked, but the runway is.

Ford, who has been flying for decades, has been involved in several crashes in his life, most recently in March 2015 when he had to crash-land a World War II-era plane on a Santa Monica, Calif. golf course after experiencing engine failure.

He suffered a broken ankle and pelvis in that crash.

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