Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family survived a plane crash on Thursday in east Tennessee, according to WJHL-TV. The family was hospitalized and left Elizbeth Municipal Airport.
What We Know:
This is what’s left of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s plane— still on Hwy 91 this morning after yesterday’s fiery crash. Investigators will arrive around 7 to 8 this morning to start looking into what caused the accident. Everyone on board survived. More this morning on @WJHL11. pic.twitter.com/Wgt6317SRS
— Ashley Sharp (@AshleySharpWJHL) August 16, 2019
- Earnhardt and his family were going to the next NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway. While landing the Cessna Citation business jet, it bounced twice upon landing, rolled off the end of the runway and caught on fire.
- The family has seen tragedy before. Earnhardt Sr. died at the 2001 Daytona 500 in a crash. Earnhardt Jr. went on to win that race two times throughout his career.
- Fans came out to support the family after their terrifying moment. Kelley Earnhardt Miller tweeted that the family was safe.
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 (@EarnhardtKelley) August 15, 2019
I am very happy to hear the Dale Earndhardt Jr. and his family are doing well. I want to thank the work of our first responders to help make sure him, his family and the crew were all safe.
— Dr. Phil Roe (@DrPhilRoe) August 15, 2019
The FAA and two investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate and determine the probable cause of the accident.