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

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

(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.

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

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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