- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - A statement from the Tunica Airport says there was minimal damage to actor Morgan Freeman’s plane in a forced landing.

Airport spokesman Patrick Collins said in an email Sunday that he cannot give specifics because federal authorities are investigating the Saturday incident.

Freeman said in a statement released by his publicist Saturday that neither he nor his pilot was hurt but “I cannot say the same about my plane.”

Mayor Bill Luckett of Clarksdale is a friend of the 78-year-old Oscar-winning actor. He told The Associated Press on Saturday that the plane blew a tire on takeoff and made an emergency landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement emailed Saturday by spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen that the landing gear collapsed and the plane ran off the side of a runway.

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