Dale Earnhardt Jr. OK After Plane Crash in Tennessee

Ross Houston
August 16, 2019

Earnhardt Jr. - the ABC News story said - was the only person, who went to a local medical center.

However, his injuries were minor, as ABC News said he suffered 'cuts and abrasions'.

She said the family and their two pilots were taken to a hospital but are "safe" after the incident. The Monster Energy NASCAR Series is scheduled there for Saturday night.

The sheriff said Earnhardt's wife, Amy, and their 1-year-old daughter were on the plane, along with the pilot, one other passenger and the family dog.

"We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington".

Footage of the scene shows the jet engulfed in flames and thick smoke billowing from its charred fuselage, as firetruck sirens blare in the background. Photos taken later showed the plane was nearly fully engulfed in flames.

Highway 91 at Industrial Drive was closed as emergency crews responded to the crash.

In the evening press conference, Lunsford, the sheriff, said the road is heavily traveled, particularly at the time of the accident.

Authorities said no one was killed.

The plane was registered under Earnhardt's JR Motorsports, and is a 10-seat, twin-engine Cessna Citation Latitude, TMZ reported.

Lunceford told WJHL that the National Transportation Security Board (NTSB) will be investigating the crash, which appeared to be a result of a mechanical issue. Earnhardt, a team owner in the circuit's second level and an auto racing analyst, was likely headed to NASCAR events there.

The Elizabethton airport is commonly used by NASCAR drivers and officials due to its proximity to the Bristol Motor Speedway. Allison did not survive the injuries he sustained. He added that the crash caused a large fuel spill and that officials are working to prevent it from running into any nearby water.

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In 2017, Earnhardt, 44, was voted as NASCAR's most popular driver for the 15th straight year. He also won the prestigious Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014.

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