Earnhardt‘s sister Kelley said on Twitter the two pilots of the Cessna Citation and three family members were safe and being taken to a hospital for observation. There were no serious injuries, according to officials in Tennessee cited by media.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane rolled off the end of a runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 3:40 p.m. (2040 GMT) and caught fire. The National Transportation Safety Board was also investigating.
WJHL-TV reported that Earnhardt was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center with minor injuries including cuts and abrasions. Footage showed a fire and severe damage to the airplane. A nearby highway and the airport were closed after the crash.
Earnhardt, who was NASCAR’s long-time biggest star, gave up full time racing after the 2017 season. He now broadcasts NASCAR races for NBC Sports.
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