Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy, and young daughter Isla flew from Mooresville, North Carolina to Elizabethtown, Tennessee on Thursday in advance of this weekend’s races at Bristol Motor Speedway, but upon arrival, their private jet went off the runway and crashed.
The aftermath showed the jet in flames, but Earnhardt, his wife, daughter, and both pilots were able to get off the aircraft without sustaining serious injuries and were all taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
BREAKING: The plane that went off the runway in Elizabethton has an N number of N8JR which is registered to JRM- Junior Motorsports. Pics from Dale Campbell. pic.twitter.com/25B90gnz7y
— Ricky Matthews (@WCYB_Ricky) August 15, 2019
WCYB offered an update from Elizabethtown police confirming it was Earnhardt’s plane, but noting everyone on board was OK.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s plane crashed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. Earnhardt Jr. has been transported to the hospital. The department also says Earnhardt Jr.’s wife Amy Reimann was also on board. The Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier says everyone survived the crash and none of the injuries were serious.
Dale’s sister, Kelley, also provided an update on Twitter as to the positive status of all who were on board the plane.
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
The image of the plane on fire is certainly a terrifying sight and luckily no one was injured severely. Hopefully they will all make a quick and speedy recover from this scare.