'I'm the Schmuck Who Landed on the Taxiway'

JAN. 10 2016 FILE

Air traffic control had cleared Ford to land on Runway 20L, but he came in on Taxiway C after flying low over an American Airlines Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway and minutes from taking off. Taxiway C runs parallel to the runway.

The Hollywood icon admitted he was distracted when he landed on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange Country, south of Los Angeles, last month.

"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 which was in movement when I turned to the runway and also the big turbulence from the landing." .

For reference he told Irene Willard, the air traffic manager, his plane's tail was 42 feet high.

As Ford rummages for his pilot's license, the air traffic control guy says "Take your time, no big deal", prompting Ford to say "It's a big deal for me", followed by the air traffic control guy seemingly copping on and saying "Oh!"

"I understand now. Sorry for that", Ford said.

Landing on a taxiway violates Federal Aviation Administration rules.

The Feb. 13 incident was initially referred to as a "possible pilot deviation", according to one of the recordings.

'Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?' he's heard asking as the controller explains he landed on Charlie.

In newly released FAA audio, obtained by Entertainment Tonight, the "Star Wars" icon can be heard humbly admitting his mistake to an air traffic controller. Federal investigators said the single-engine Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR he was piloting lost engine power, then clipped the top of a tree before crashing in an open area of Penmar Municipal Golf Course on Rose Avenue.

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