Morgan Freeman Safe 'Without Scratch' After Emergency Plane Landing
Morgan Freeman is declared safe and unhurt after his SJ30 jet where he was boarded in on Saturday have to make a force landing.
"Sometimes things don't go as planned and a tyre blew on take-off, which caused other problems. But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane. I appreciate the concern and prayers for our safety," the actor said in statement as mentioned in BBC.
Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said that that Freeman's jet encountered a 'mechanical problem' while flying in Fletcher Field in Lyon, just outside Clarksdale, The Guardian reported.
One of the plane's tires are said to have blown off while the plane is in the Clarksdale area.
CBC News further said that the plane is originally headed to Sugar Land near Houston but had to turn around in another direction, this time heading Tunica Municipal Airport in Mississippi where the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at 6:15 p.m. local time Saturday.
Onlookers further said that the plane did not take the runway after its main gear collapsed.
The award-winning, meanwhile, is said to have been picked up by another plane as what the Clarsdale mayor said.
Randy Stewart, the chief deputy in the Tunica County Sheriff's Office said that the veteran actor is not manning the plane and is not hurt.
His department will be investigating the plane on Sunday.
Morgan Freeman has been famous for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Seven, and Invictus.
The actor was nominated several times for the Academy Awards and was given the Best Supporting Actor Award in 2004 for Clint Eastwood's film, Million Dollar Baby.