Morgan Freeman was late for his own movie premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on Friday after suffering problems with his private jet.
The star has held a pilot’s licence for more than a decade and owns two private planes. He was flying one of the jets from Mississippi to Toronto on Friday ahead of the screening of his movie Ruth & Alex, but nearly didn’t make it after the plane encountered a number of technical glitches.
Freeman reveals he had to turn the plane around and make an emergency landing due to problems with the slats, devices on the wing which help control the aircraft’s speed and manoeuvrability.
After several more failed attempts to get underway, he swapped planes and finally made it to the film screening around 90 minutes late.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “The slats would not retract in the air. On the ground they were fine, but in the air they were a problem.
“We were about 10 minutes in the air trying to get them to retract but they didn’t so we went back and landed… Once we got in the air (for a second time), they still didn’t work again, so we landed. We cycled them (ran a test) again, and took off, they still didn’t work, so we landed. Cycled them again, and took off, they still didn’t work so we went back.
“Had to put the plane away and take out the other plane… I just didn’t know how late I was. I was never in any danger…”
Glad everything worked out for the best, but can we say #RichPeopleProblems?