December 6, 2015 / 6:34 AM / 2 years ago

Blown tire forces actor Morgan Freeman's plane into unexpected landing

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Cast member Morgan Freeman waves at the premiere of "Transcendence" in Los Angeles, California April 10, 2014.Mario Anzuoni

(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.

Freeman, 78, was traveling from Mississippi to Texas for a television shoot, but was forced to land at Tunica Airport, in northwestern Mississippi, as the blown tire caused other problems, the actor said in a statement issued by his publicist.

"Sometimes things don't go as planned," Freeman said in the statement. "But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane."

Freeman, known for Oscar-nominated performances in films including "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption," won the best supporting actor Academy Award for the 2004 film "Million Dollar Baby."

Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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