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Morgan Freeman in crash-landing drama at US airport

Morgan Freeman's plane had to crash-land in Mississippi, the actor has said, but nobody was injured.

Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett, a long-time friend of the star, said the plane made a controlled forced landing at Tunica airport before dark yesterday, local time.

Freeman later released a statement saying he was heading to Texas to shoot a segment for the National Geographic Channel series The Story Of God.

He said: "Sometimes things don't go as planned and a tyre blew on take-off, which caused other problems."

But he said they "landed safely without a scratch", but could not say the same about his plane.

Mr Luckett said Freeman and the pilot were aboard the flight that originated in Clarksdale, and another plane was on its way to Tunica airport, the landing site, to pick Freeman up.

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