Courteney Cox: 'I was really scared' when plane made emergency landing

Extremely grateful. Friends alums Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston were headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Friday, February 15, when their private plane was forced to make an emergency landing after losing a wheel during takeoff. While the former costars eventually got to their destination unharmed, Cox said the experience was terrifying.

“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,” the Cougar Town alum, 54, told Extra on Wednesday, February 20. “I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds like we should probably check that tire.’”

Cox continued: “There was no tire at all; there was [sic] no wheel. Luckily, there are two wheels on each side and two in the front.”

The Mothers and Daughters actress explained that the aircraft was “in the air for four hours, burning off fuel.” Cox was worried about the landing, but said it ended up being “really smooth.”

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FRIENDS -- Pictured: Courteney Cox as Monica Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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FRIENDS -- Pictured: Courteney Cox as Monica Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- Pictured: Courteney Cox as Monica Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Courteney Cox during IRTS Foundation Gold Medal Award Honors Robert Wright at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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American actress Courteney Cox at the UK premiere of Wes Craven's horror film, 'Scream', at the Chelsea Cinema, London, 24th April 1997. (Photo by Dave Benett/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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As for what she did when she realized something was wrong? Cox noted: “I sent a little text to [14-year-old daughter] Coco, [saying], ‘I love you.’ I didn’t say why. And to [boyfriend] Johnny [McDaid] … I told him everything that was going on and I FaceTimed him after.”

A source told Us Weekly that Aniston and Cox were joined by Jimmy Kimmel’s wife, Molly Kimmel, film producer Kristin Hahn and Amanda Anka, who is married to Jason Bateman, when the incident occurred. The passengers were headed to Mexico to celebrate the Office Christmas Party star’s 50th birthday.

Days prior to the malfunction, Aniston held a star-studded event at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood. Celebrities including ex-husband Brad Pitt, ex-boyfriend John Mayer, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Kate Hudson, Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow attended the celebration.

“Jen spoke to Brad briefly,” an eyewitness told Us at the time. “At one point she hugged him and thanked him for coming.” A second insider also revealed that the Mother’s Day actress and Mayer, 41, who split in 2009, “are friends and have hung out.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid are seen on July 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Johnny McDaid and Courteney Cox attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Johnny McDaid (L) and Courteney Cox attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - May 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid are seen leaving Restaurant 34 on May 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Max Cisotti/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 10: Actress Courteney Cox (L) and musician Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol attend The 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards, honoring Taylor Swift and songwriting duo Mann & Weil, at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Musician Johnny McDaid and actress Courteney Cox arrive for the Premiere Of Amazon's Series 'Hand Of God' held at Ace Theater Downtown LA on August 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Musician Johnny McDaid (L) and actress Courteney Cox attend the Amazon premiere screening for original drama series 'Hand Of God' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on August 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
BENTONVILLE, AR - MAY 08: Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid attend the Bentonville Film Festival Award Show hosted by Soledad O'Brien and Nick Cannon at the Bentonville Film Festival on May 8, 2015 in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo by Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid are seen on April 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: (L-R) Musician Johnny McDaid, director/actress Courteney Cox and daughter Coco Arquette arrive at the Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Just Before I Go' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid arrives at the 'Just Before I Go' - Los Angeles Special Screening at ArcLight Hollywood on April 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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