The actor was seen boarding a plane at the Santa Monica Airport on Thursday

By Jodi Guglielmi
February 16, 2017 04:53 PM
PREMIUM EXCLUSIVE Harrison Ford back in the air after nearly crashing into airliner
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Harrison Ford is back behind the cockpit just days after flying over an airliner and mistakenly landing in a taxiway instead of the runway.

The actor, 74, was seen boarding a plane at the Santa Monica Airport on Thursday. Ford, who was joined by a co-pilot, took the captain’s seat of the Cessna 680 two-engine jet.

He looked to be in good spirits as he prepared to fly.

On Monday, the actor was reportedly piloting his single-engine plane when tower control gave him the go-ahead to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. But when he instead maneuvered toward a taxiway, his plane flew over an American Airlines departing flight with 110 passengers on board and a six-person crew.

The Dallas-bound 737 aircraft was able to safely take off minutes after the incident.

A spokesperson confirmed the FAA is opening an investigation into the incident. Ford could lose his pilot license — which he uses to operate his vintage plane collection — if found at fault, or he could simply receive a warning letter, according to an expert.

A rep for the actor had no comment.

“The FAA considers that a very major violation of the federal air regulations,” Captain Ross Aimer, a retired United Airlines pilot and CEO of Aero Consulting Experts, told PEOPLE. “They are going to go after him basically to take his license away. Fortunately for him, no one was hurt.”