By Cailey Rizzo
June 03, 2019
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Being a celebrity can get you a lot of things in this world. However, it can’t always get you a smooth landing.

In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week, Jennifer Aniston told a story about how her plane lost a wheel during take-off causing everyone on board, including Courteney Cox, to (understandably) panic.

For a birthday surprise, Aniston’s friends chartered a flight to Mexico. But during taxi, passengers on board the aircraft heard a loud “explosion, which sounded like a pothole if it was a car big enough to go over the Grand Canyon,” according to Aniston.

About two hours into their flight, pilots turned the aircraft around and headed back to California. Back at the original airport, staff had found “some debris from a wheel on the runway” which they believed to be from their aircraft.

Related: Courteney Cox Reveals What It Was Like When Jennifer Aniston's Private Plane Made an Emergency Landing

Aniston revealed that she is a very nervous flier and, at this news, began panicking. At this point, everyone on the plane began texting their spouses and their children. One of the people on board the aircraft was Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney. When she texted her husband the news, he responded, "I just signed up for Tinder but I PROMISE not to activate it until we know what's what.”

“I was trying to lighten the mood,” Kimmel explained on his show.

The plane had indeed lost a tire and made an emergency landing back in California.

When a plane loses a tire, pilots will return to their origin airport as a “conservative action,” according to John Cox, a retired US Airways captain. Pilots have no way of knowing if the blown tire caused any additional damage to the plane and will return to investigate the state of the plane. Pilots tend to return to their destination airport with a damaged tire to avoid any other issues that may develop in flight and limit landing options, according to The Points Guy.

Most modern airplanes have more than one tire on landing gear. The multi-tire design is meant to withstand the load of the plane in the event one tire is damaged.

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