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.
"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.