Leonardo DiCaprio Avoids Plane Crash After Engine Shuts Down

Celebrity News Nov. 22, 2010 AT 12:11PM
Leonardo DiCaprio Avoids Plane Crash After Engine Shuts Down Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio avoided disaster at 30,000 feet on Sunday.

DiCaprio, 36, was among the passengers on a Delta flight bound for Moscow, Russia, his rep tells UsMagazine.com exclusively in a statement. After one of its engines shut down unexpectedly, the commercial jetliner was forced to return to NYC's JFK International Airport.

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DiCaprio "wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing," his rep says.

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Adds a source: "Leo signed autographs for all the crew members when they landed."

The actor was headed to attend the Tiger Summit -- a four day meeting to discuss ways to prevent the extinction of tigers, headed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin -- in St. Petersburg.

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