Leonardo DiCaprio Flies Again After Avoiding Plane Crash

Celebrity News Nov. 23, 2010 AT 3:59PM
Leonardo DiCaprio Flies Again After Avoiding Plane Crash Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Leonardo DiCaprio won't be deterred from doing good! After narrowly avoiding a plane crash Sunday, the Inception star, 36, still made the trip to St. Petersberg, Russia for the World Wildlife Fund's Tiger Summit, a four-day meeting to discuss ways to prevent the extinction of the animals.

DiCaprio's original Delta flight was forced to return to NYC's JFK International Airport after one of the engines shut down unexpectedly.

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His rep told UsMagazine.com in a statement that the actor "wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing."

After arriving at the summit, which was hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, DiCaprio donated $1 million to the WWF to support antipoaching efforts and protect critical tiger forests.

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"Illegal poaching of tigers for their parts and massive habitat loss due to palm oil, timber and paper production are driving this species to extinction,” the Oscar winner explains. “If we don’t take action now, one of the most iconic animals on our planet could be gone in just a few decades."

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