The Carter County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Earnhardt Jr.’s plane crashed Thursday in Tennessee. The photos of the scene show the plane burning in the fire with emergency workers.
The star of NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr, survived a plane crash this afternoon in Bristol.
The sheriff added that Earnhardt’s pilot, another passenger, and a family dog, also escaped serious injuries.
Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley, tweeted: “I can confirm that Dale, Amy, and Isla, along with their two pilots were involved in an accident in Bristol this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. No, We have more information at this time. Thank you for your understanding. ”
Earnhardt Jr.’s plane, a Cessna Citation, rolled from the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee at 3:40 p.m. Eastern Time, according to a Federal Aviation Administration report.
The aircraft with N8JR registration is a private aircraft in the name of now a commentator for NBC Sports, this according to information offered by the FAA.
Earnhardt Jr. was traveling to Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Cup category races.
“I arrived here in five minutes and the plane was completely engulfed (in flames),” said Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunsford during a press conference at night. “All the people were out … Five occupants, No one was injured. Under the circumstances, we are extremely blessed and fortunate. “
The head of the Elizabethton Fire Department, Barry Carrier, confirmed that Earnhardt was talking to EMS staff and that the family was transported to a local hospital without being considered an emergency.
“They were very lucky,” Carrier said. “The plane is practically destroyed.”
The FAA said in a statement, reproduced by NASCAR, that it will investigate the accident.