Courteney Cox was “really scared” when a wheel fell off her plane mid-flight recently.
The Friends star was heading to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with former co-star and best friend Jennifer Aniston to celebrate her 50th birthday earlier this month (Feb19) when the private jet from Los Angeles International Airport was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing.
Speaking about the drama in an interview with Extra, Courteney explained: “I’m not afraid of flying at all… my dad was a pilot… but I was really scared because when we were taking off, we heard this really loud bang and I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds like we should probably check that tire’.
“There was no tire at all, there was no wheel. Luckily, there are two wheels on each side and two in the front. I have to say, we were in the air for four hours, burning off fuel and I just thought of what it is going to be like when we land… it was a really smooth landing.”
Before they landed at Ontario International Airport, Courteney was so scared about what would happen that she even sent an “I love you” message to her 14-year-old daughter Coco, and spoke to fiance Johnny McDaid to tell him what was happening.
“I didn’t say why,” she added. “I told him everything that was going on and I FaceTimed him after.”
Courteney and Jennifer, along with Jimmy Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney and Jason Bateman’s wife Amanda Anka, was stuck for a further two hours on the tarmac in Ontario, before boarding another private jet to head to their destination.
The Cougar Town star was doing the promo rounds for her new Facebook Watch docu-series 9 Months with Courteney Cox, in which she also opens up about the multiple miscarriages she has suffered in her life.
As to why she decided to speak about the deeply personal experiences, the 54-year-old added to Entertainment Tonight: “No one ever taught me that lesson. I didn’t know you were supposed to be private. I just don’t think like that.
“If I can share any light or give any wisdom to somebody or hope, I would share anything I can. In the end, I think that’s important.”