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Morgan Freeman unharmed in private plane's emergency landing

By Karen Butler
Morgan Freeman unharmed in private plane's emergency landing
Actor Morgan Freeman at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, in Las Vegas on April 18, 2013. Photo by David Becker/UPI | License Photo

TUNICA, Miss., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was unharmed when the private plane on which he was a passenger was forced to make an emergency landing at a Mississippi airport.

People magazine said the incident happened Saturday when the aircraft blew a tire during takeoff. Freeman was on his way to Texas to tape a segment for the series The Story of God.

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"Sometimes things don't go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff which caused other problems," the 78-year-old actor said in a statement to People.

"But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch," he added. "I cannot say the same about my plane. I appreciate the concern and prayers for our safety."

Freeman is known for his roles in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Shawshank Redemption, Unbroken, Deep Impact, Million Dollar Baby, Bruce Almighty, The Dark Knight Rises and The LEGO Movie. He is also a popular voice actor.

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