Morgan Freeman was on an airplane heading from a Mississippi airport to Sugar Land, TX, when the The SJ30 Jet was forced to make an emergency landing on the evening of Saturday, Dec, 5. The actor was traveling in order to film part of his new TV series for National Geographic, “The Story of God.”
“Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Freeman says, in a statement from his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot, Jimmy Hobson, we landed safely without a scratch.”
“I cannot say the same about my plane,” Freeman adds, but “I appreciate the concern and prayers for our safety.”
Mayor Bill Luckett, of Clarksdale, who’s a friend of the 78-year-old Oscar-winner, says that the twin-engine plane made “a controlled forced landing” just before sunset at an airport in Tunica, a city roughly 40 miles southwest of Memphis, TN. The Mayor then sent a plane to pick up “The Shawshank Redemption” star, who owns a home in Mississippi.
Randy Stewart, the chief deputy in the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed there were no injuries, that Freeman was not piloting the aircraft, and that a full investigation of the aircraft has been ordered.