Smoke billowed from the previous NASCAR motive force’s Cessna 680 trade jet after the twist of fate on the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s personal aircraft crashed Thursday at a Tennessee airport, and the previous NASCAR motive force used to be transported to a space health center, a spokesperson for the Carter County Sheriff’s Division instructed USA TODAY Sports activities. 

“In accordance with preliminary experiences, everybody made it out alive,” spokesman Thomas Grey mentioned. 

Earnhardt, his spouse, toddler daughter and two pilots had been aboard the Cessna Quotation that crashed round three:40 p.m. ET, Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, posted on Twitter. The aircraft rolled off a runway on the Elizabethton Municipal Airport and stuck hearth after touchdown, the FAA mentioned in a commentary. 

The NTSB announced Thursday evening that the company used to be sending two investigators to the scene of the “runway tour.”

Kelley Earnhardt wrote that Earnhardt, his spouse, Amy, and 1-year-old daughter, Isla, and the pilots had been “protected” and had been “taken to the health center for additional analysis.”

The airport the place the crash happened is positioned about 15 miles south of Bristol Motor Speedway, web site of this weekend’s NASCAR race. Earnhardt has been a part of NBC Sports activities’ NASCAR broadcast workforce since he retired from full-time racing on the finish of the 2017 season. 

“We’re extremely thankful that Dale, his spouse Amy, daughter Isla, and the 2 pilots are protected following these days’s twist of fate,” NBC Sports activities mentioned in a commentary. “After being discharged from the health center, we communicated with Dale and his workforce, and we’re all in settlement that he must take this weekend off to be along with his circle of relatives. We look ahead to having him again within the sales space subsequent month at Darlington.”

Observe A.J. Perez on Twitter @byajperez


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