Scoop: Morgan Freeman unhurt after plane’s forced landing

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BLOGS OF THE DAY: Morgan Freeman safe after private plane crash.

Morgan Freeman has said that he had emerged “without a scratch” after the plane in which he was travelling blew a tyre on takeoff and made an emergency landing in which the landing gear collapsed.REUTERS – 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. Bill Luckett, mayor of Clarksdale and a friend of the 78-year-old Oscar-winning actor, said the twin-engine plane had made what he described as a controlled forced landing just before nightfall on Saturday at an airport in Tunica, Mississippi, after it had taken off from another airport in the area. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tyre blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Freeman said in the statement sent by his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot, Jimmy Hobson, we landed safely without a scratch.

I cannot say the same about my plane.” Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, identified the plane as an Emivest SJ30 aircraft and said it had reported a mechanical problem after taking off from Fletcher Field in Lyon, just outside Clarksdale. Both cities are near each other in northwestern Mississippi, with Tunica about 40 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, and one sheriff’s official said the plane went off the runway after landing. He has been nominated for five Academy awards and won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Clint Eastwood’s 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. Hanx.” The actors both took part in Big’s iconic piano scene, where Hanks’ Josh and Loggia’s toy company owner Mr MacMillan play a giant keyboard with their feet. Airport spokesman Patrick Collins said in an email on Sunday that he could not give specifics because federal authorities are investigating the incident.

Loggia was a well-known character actor, with early roles in films such as The Greatest Story Ever Told, Revenge of the Pink Panther and Somebody Up There Likes Me. Brendon was arrested in October after an alleged domestic dispute at a hotel in New York, where he was accused of ‘grabbing his girlfriend by the throat.’ According to the Albany Times Union, Brendon was issued a conditional discharge by City Judge James Doern, meaning he will not serve jail time in the case, if he completes drug and alcohol counselling and stays out of trouble for one year.

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