Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Family ‘Safe’ After Plane Crashes In Tennessee
ELIZABETHTON, T.N. — NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his family were involved in a plane crash Thursday afternoon in Tennessee.
WJHL says the Carter County Sheriff confirmed that Dale Jr., his wife, Amy, their daughter, Eisla, and the family dog were all on the plane, along with two pilots, when it ran off the runway at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.
Kelley Earnhardt, Dale Jr.’s sister, also confirmed the family was on the plane via Twitter. She also said “everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.”
The FAA says the Cessna Citation rolled off the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing at the airport. The FAA’s report goes on to say that the preliminary indication is that three people were aboard, they evacuated and no injuries were reported to the FAA.
The plane is registered to JRM Air LLC in Mooresville, North Carolina. The plane is listed as a fixed wing multi-engine plane that was manufactured in 2015.
Earnhardt retired as a full-time driver in 2017 and has been working as an analyst for NBC. He is part of the scheduled broadcast team for Saturday night’s Cup Series event in Bristol, Tennessee, according to the Associated Press.
No other details have been released. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.