FILE – On this Saturday, June three, 2017 file picture, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems on within the storage throughout observe for the NASCAR Cup sequence auto race at Dover Worldwide Speedway in Dover, Del. NASCAR tv analyst and former driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a hospital after his airplane crashed in east Tennessee. (AP Photograph/Nick Wass, File) The Related Press
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is “safe” and in a hospital for analysis after his airplane crashed in east Tennessee, the NASCAR tv analyst and retired driver’s sister tweeted.
Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, tweeted that the driving force’s spouse, Amy, and 15-month-old daughter, Isla, additionally have been on the airplane together with two pilots.
“Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation,” she tweeted. “We will have no further information at this time.”
Federal Aviation Administration officers stated a Cessna Quotation rolled off the top of a runway and caught fireplace after touchdown at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at three:40 p.m. Thursday. FAA officers stated the preliminary indication is that two pilots and three passengers have been aboard.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board tweeted that it is sending two representatives to Elizabethton to start investigating the crash.
Carter County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman Thomas Grey confirmed Earnhardt was aboard however stated he wasn’t one of many pilots.
Earnhardt retired as a full-time driver in 2017 and has been working as an analyst for NBC. He’s a part of the scheduled broadcast crew for Saturday night time’s Cup Sequence occasion in Bristol, Tennessee.
This incident comes 26 years after former driver and 1992 Cup champion Alan Kulwicki died in a airplane crash whereas on his technique to the spring race at Bristol from a promotional look in Knoxville, Tennessee. That crash at Tri-Metropolis Regional Airport in Blountville, Tennessee, killed a complete of 4 people.
Earnhardt was a part of Rick Hendrick’s racing crew in 2011 when Hendrick broke a rib and a collarbone whereas on a small jet that misplaced its brakes and crash landed in an airport at Key West, Florida. Hendrick’s son, brother and twin nieces have been amongst 10 people killed in a 2004 crash of a airplane touring to a race in Virginia.
This is not the primary fiery crash for Earnhardt. He nonetheless has a burn scar on his neck from a crash at Sonoma in 2004 throughout warmups for an American Le Mans Sequence race that left him with second-degree burns.
Earnhardt has a historical past of concussions that plagued him over his closing years as a driver.
He gained NASCAR’s hottest driver award a report 15 occasions with 26 profession Cup victories.
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