Holy crap, this is so scary!
On Thursday, a private jet carrying NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family crashed in Tennessee, about 300 miles east of Nashville. Everyone reportedly survived but were transported to a nearby hospital.
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a passenger on an airplane that caught fire after crashing in Tennessee … and officials tell TMZ Sports he was transported to a nearby hospital.
The plane — registered under Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports — crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County just minutes ago. No word on what caused the crash.
Officials tell us Dale Jr. made it off of the plane alive … but his current status is still unknown. We’re told there were other passengers on the plane, but officials do not have a complete passenger list yet.
Kelley Earnhardt, Dale’s sister, released a statement confirming that Dale, his wife Amy, and daughter Isla along with two pilots were on board and were taken to the hospital. She also revealed that everyone 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
CNN reports that Bristol City Motor Speedway is a few miles from the airport and that the Monster Energy NASCAR Series is scheduled for this weekend. Although retired, Dale is still active in the racing community, is a commentator, and owns professional race team JR Motorsports.
Oklahoma’s Fox station KOKH got the below footage of the crash.
So glad to hear everyone made it out okay.
BREAKING NEWS: A small plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife has crashed in Tennessee.STORY: http://bit.ly/33AJz33
Posted by KOKH FOX 25 News, Oklahoma on Thursday, August 15, 2019