Monday, 7 December 2015

Morgan Freeman unhurt after aircraft tyre blew on takeoff and made emergency landing

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.

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.

Both cities are in northwestern Mississippi, with Tunica about 40 miles south-west of Memphis, Tennessee.

Freeman issued a statement saying he had been heading to Texas to shoot a segment for the series The Story of God.

“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.”

He added: “I appreciate the concern and prayers for our safety.”

According to Guardian 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.

Freeman is known for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy and Seven. 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.


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