The Shawshank Redemption star was en route to Houston, Texas from Clarksdale, Mississippi on Saturday (05Dec15) when the malfunction occurred, forcing them to crash land at the end of the runway at Tunica Airport.

The jet suffered severe damages, but Freeman and the pilot escaped unharmed.

"I was on my plane on the way to Texas to shoot a segment for The Story of God," explains Freeman in a statement issued to

"Sometimes things don't go as planned and a tire blew on take-off which caused other problems. But thanks to my excellent pilot, Jimmy Hobson, we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane."

Freeman was able to switch to another aircraft and take off again shortly after the incident to press on with the shoot for the actor's forthcoming National Geographic series.

It's not the first time the 78 year old has suffered a mid-air scare - he had to make his own emergency landing just over a year ago, when the Oscar winner piloted a malfunctioning plane en route to the Toronto Film Festival in Canada.

"The slats would not retract in the air...," he explained to The Hollywood Reporter, after arriving an hour late to a film premiere. "We were about 10 minutes in the air trying to get them to retract but they didn't, so we went back and landed... I was never in any danger, but I had to put the plane away and take out the other plane."