A Cessna Citation Latitude C680A registered N8JR, carrying retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, his wife Amy and his 15-month-old daughter, crashed and caught fire at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in eastern Tennessee on Thursday afternoon. The aircraft overran the runway after landing at 15:38.
The plane is registered to the racing team Earnhardt co-owns.
Elizabethton fire chief Barry Carrier initially said nobody was injured, but later clarified the two-time Daytona 500 champion was transported to Johnson City Medical Center for minor injuries. The aircraft was on fire when the pilots and passengers escaped, Carrier said. He described the aircraft as “pretty much destroyed.”
Earnhardt, 44, is one of the best-known drivers in the history of stock-car racing, having won NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award for 15 consecutive years from 2003 until his last full-time season.
LIVE: Officials in East TN say Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s plane has crashed in Elizabethton, TN. Earnhardt and his wife were taken to the hospital, but fire officials say everyone survived the crash. SEE MORE: https://t.co/Rbcwxkjfsl https://t.co/JJyByI4r5M
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UPDATE: Officials in Elizabethton, TN say Dale Earnhardt, Jr., his wife & young daughter, and 2 pilots were "lucky to escape" when his plane crashed Thursday. The 5 people had minor injuries, and Earnhardt has since been released from the hospital. https://t.co/Rbcwxkjfsl pic.twitter.com/S5L1GR1afY
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