Talk about a close call!

Morgan Freeman is recuperating today after his private plane made an emergency landing on Saturday, Dec. 5 en route from the actor’s home in Clarksdale, Miss. to Houston, where the 78-year-old is shooting his new series, The Story of God.

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Morgan in October 2013.

“Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on take-off, which caused other problems,” Morgan said in a statement obtained by E! News. “But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson, we landed safely without a scratch.”

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“I cannot say the same about my plane,” he continued. “I appreciate the concern and prayers for our safety.”