Morgan Freeman 'Relieved' He Survived 2015 Plane Scare
Gossip Date: 30-03-2017

Morgan Freeman is "relieved" he was able to "walk away" from his plane scare in 2015.

The 79-year-old actor found himself in an unnerving situation in December 2015 when his private plane - which was being flown by pilot Jimmy Hobson - was forced to make an emergency landing in Mississippi, after it experienced severe technical difficulties just moments after taking off.

Now, the 'Shawshank Redemption' star admits the experience made him "anxious", but he's glad both himself and the pilot were able to walk away unharmed.

Speaking about the incident, he said: "The last time I was nervous or anxious was about a year and a half go when my plane crashed. I was anxious as it was happening but I had some time to contemplate it.

"We had blown a tire on take-off, and I knew that the [emergency] landing was not going to be fun or easy.

"[I'm] just relieved we could walk away from it. It was a little anxiety-causing, but I'm naturally calm."

And the 'Million Dollar Baby' actor admits it isn't the first "sticky situation" he's been in, and whilst the experience may have scared him, he accepted the idea that the crash might have been his demise.

He added to People magazine: "I've been in a lot of sticky situations. I've stared death in the face a few times and didn't scream or anything - just said, 'Well, this may be it.'"

The Hollywood icon had been on his way to Texas to shoot a segment for his National Geographic series 'The Story of God' when the plane was forced to land 36 miles from where it had taken off, in Tunica, Mississippi.

Morgan's plane scare came a year after the star - who has had a pilot's licence for 14 years - was forced to land a malfunctioning plane on his way to the Toronto Film Festival in 2014.

He was flying from his home in Mississippi to attend the premiere of his film 'Ruth & Alex' at the festival, but was 90 minutes late because of the terrifying incident.

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