Blown tire forces actor Morgan Freeman’s plane into unexpected landing

6 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Morgan Freeman Safe After Harrowing Plane Ordeal Prompts Mayday And Emergency Landing.

But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch.’ After the tire blowout, TMZ reports that the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Tunica, 36 miles away from where the Houston-bound jet took off in Clarksdale. To millions upon millions of fans worldwide, the veteran thespian radiates a signature air of grace under fire, whether he is playing a role or speaking out on important social issues of the day.

But it’s a safe bet that the ever-unflappable Freeman suffered a few moments of harrowing trepidation during an ill-fated airplane trip on Saturday night. In September of last year, Freeman was piloting a private jet, and safely landed it after it began malfunctioning en route to the Toronto International Film Festival. ‘The slats would not retract in the air,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. ‘On the ground they were fine, but in the air they were a problem. Freeman has previously admitted to being in near constant pain as he continues to suffer from fibromyalgia – chronic widespread pain – stemming from his broken shoulder. Sadly, despite doctors promising it would improve by 2011, his left hand remains immobile due to the severe nerve damage he suffered in the 2008 crash, and he has to wear the compression glove to keep the blood flow going. ‘I suffered nerve damage and it hasn’t gotten better.

The Internet Movie Database notes that Freeman has been nominated for an Academy Award a total of five times, winning the honor for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Million Dollar Baby in 2005. Earlier this year, Freeman spoke out over the American media’s coverage of the Baltimore riots in the wake of the death of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody. In comments to the Daily Beast, the actor praised citizen-held technology that brings new perspectives to light with regard to contentious situations, concluding his comments by exclaiming, “F**k the media.” In addition to offering his plain-spoken perspective to matters regarding race and media, Morgan Freeman has also spoken out in favor of the legalization of marijuana and gay rights.

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