Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their 1-year-old daughter Isla have survived a plane crash in east Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, according to his sister who first gave light on the incident.
“I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding,” Kelley Earnhardt wrote in a tweet.
The plane involved in the crash is registered to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team, JR Motorsports according to reports from Fox News. The plane crashed near Elizabethton Municipal Airport, which is in Carter County, Tennessee just 20 minutes away from Johnson City.
According to Carter County Sheriff’s Office, the plane ran off the end of the runway then suddenly caught fire. The Federal Aviation Administration also sent a statement to Fox News giving details about the event, the statement reads. “A Cessna Citation rolled off the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee at 3:40 p.m. today.”
“The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.” The statement went on to say.
The pilot, co-pilot, Earnhardt, his wife, their daughter and the family dog were on board when the plane crashed, Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said.
Although the extent of the injuries of Earnhardt and family were not given, it was made clear that he had being transported to the hospital for treatment. The Carter County Sheriff’s Office also made it clear that no life was lost in the incident.