Actor Morgan Freeman unhurt after plane’s forced landing

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Actor Morgan Freeman and pilot unhurt in forced plane landing; FAA says plane went off runway.

A SMALL PLANE carrying Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman made an unexpected landing in Mississippi on Saturday after a tire blew on take-off but neither the actor nor the pilot were injured, according to media reports.The 78-year-old star hired a private jet to carry him from Clarksdale, Mississippi to Houston, Texas but was forced into a crash landing after one of the plane’s tyre’s blew out. I appreciate the concern and prayers for our safety.” Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett, a friend of Freeman’s, confirmed to the Associated Press that the plane made a controlled forced landing at a Tunica airport shortly before sunset Saturday. — A plane carrying actor Morgan Freeman and his pilot blew a tire on takeoff from a Mississippi airport and made an emergency landing in which its landing gear collapsed and the plane ran off the side of a runway, authorities said.

Freeman was the only passenger on-board and walked away from the incident unscathed after his pilot managed to touch the stricken aircraft down safely. I cannot say the same about my plane.” Freeman, known for Oscar-nominated performances in films including Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption, won the best supporting actor Academy Award for the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. (Reuters) The Shawshank star released a statement shortly after the incident, saying that he took the flight to Texas to film a segment for the series “The Story of God.” An FAA statement emailed by Bergen said the plane’s original destination was Sugar Land near Houston, but that the aircraft diverted to the Tunica Municipal Airport in Mississippi where it made the emergency landing at 6:15 p.m. local time Saturday. Randy Stewart, the chief deputy in the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed there were no injuries, that Freeman was not piloting the craft and that an inspector would check the plane Sunday.

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