Morgan Freeman Unhurt After Emergency Plane Landing

The actor escaped a plane accident "without a scratch" this weekend.

Morgan Freeman escaped a near-death experience unscathed this weekend.

According to The Guardian, the 78-year-old actor was on a twin-engine plane en route to Mississippi when a tire blew at takeoff. Freeman and the pilot had to make an emergency landing just before nightfall on Saturday in Tunica, Mississippi.

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In a statement, the Oscar winner said he was on his way to film a segment for the new Nat Geo show, The Story of God. He descibed the incident as "scary" but safe.

"Sometimes things don't go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, 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," he said.

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Federal Aviation Administration President Kathleen Bergen said the landing gear collapsed and ran off the runway but gave no further comment due to a federal investigation into the incident.

Freeman thanked fans for their "concern and prayers for our safety."

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