Scoop: Morgan Freeman unhurt after plane’s forced landing

Morgan Freeman said he was aboard his plane when it had to make an unexpected landing in Tunica, Miss., Saturday, but nobody was injured. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

A plane carrying actor Morgan Freeman and his pilot blew a tire on takeoff from a Mississippi airport and made an emergency landing in which its landing gear collapsed and the plane ran off the side of a runway, authorities said. No one was injured.

Mayor Bill Luckett of Clarksdale, a friend of the 78-year-old Oscar-winning actor, said that the twin-engine plane made what he described as a controlled forced landing just before nightfall Saturday at an airport in Tunica after it had taken off from another airport in his area. Both cities are near each other in northwestern Mississippi, with Tunica about 40 miles southwest of Memphis, Tenn.

Freeman issued a statement saying he was heading to Texas from Mississippi aboard his plane to shoot a segment for the series, “The Story of God.”

“Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Freeman said in the statement sent by his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch.”

“I cannot say the same about my plane,” Freeman said.

Kim, Kanye have a boy

The newest member of the Kardashian clan has arrived.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed a baby boy early Saturday in Los Angeles.

“He’s here!” the reality star teased on Twitter. An announcement on Kardashian’s website reads, “KANYE AND I WELCOME OUR BABY BOY!”

A representative for the couple confirms that mom and baby are doing well. There was no immediate word on the baby’s name.

Kardashian West has tracked her pregnancy online for her 37 million Twitter followers, posting an image late Friday of her bare belly with the caption, “Ready whenever you are lol.”

White Album breaks record

A rare pressing of the Beatles’ White Album from Ringo Starr’s record collection has sold at auction for $790,000.

Julien’s Auctions says an anonymous buyer made the purchase Saturday at a sale in Beverly Hills. The mono pressing was the very first in the United Kingdom of the 1968 album.

The auction house said the White Album sale smashed a record set in 2015, when Elvis Presley’s first acetate recording sold at auction for $300,000.

Happy birthday

Singer Aaron Carter is 28. … Actress Shiri Appleby (“Roswell”) is 37. … Rapper Kon Artis of D12 is 41. … Actor C. Thomas Howell is 49. … Singer Tom Waits is 66.

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