Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. is taking the weekend off from his NBC Sports activities broadcasting gig after he, his spouse and younger daughter have been hospitalized following their aircraft’s crash touchdown in Tennessee on Thursday.
Earnhardt Jr., his spouse Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a canine and two pilots have been aboard the aircraft because it arrived at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County. All of a sudden the plane slid off the tip of the runway and caught hearth, based on the Carter County Sheriff’s Workplace.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., FAMILY HOSPITALIZED AFTER SMALL PLANE CRASH IN TENNESSEE, SISTER SAYS
All on board the craft made it out safely. Earnhardt Jr. and his household have been taken to a neighborhood hospital for additional analysis, his sister, Kelley Earnhardt, confirmed on Twitter.
The 44-year-old retired racer was scheduled to announce Saturday night time’s NASCAR Monster Vitality Cup Collection Bass Professional Outlets/NRA Evening Race in Bristol, Tenn. Earnhardt Jr., who retired from racing full-time in 2017, has been a NASCAR analyst for NBC.
“We’re extremely grateful that Dale, his spouse Amy, daughter Isla, and the 2 pilots are protected following right now’s accident,” NBC Sports activities stated in a press release. “After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his workforce, and we’re all in settlement that he ought to take this weekend off to be along with his household.
“We sit up for having him again within the sales space subsequent month at Darlington.”
The aircraft concerned within the crash is registered to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race workforce, JR Motorsports. The previous driver of automotive No. 88 is anticipated to return to the published sales space Labor Day weekend — when NASCAR’s premier collection returns to Darlington, S.C. for the Bojangles’ Southern 500.
The incident got here 26 years after former driver and 1992 Cup champion Alan Kulwicki died in a aircraft crash whereas on his option to the spring race at Bristol from a promotional look in Knoxville, Tenn. That crash at Tri-Metropolis Regional Airport in Blountville, Tenn., killed a complete of 4 individuals.
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Earnhardt was a part of Rick Hendrick’s racing workforce in 2011 when Hendrick broke a rib and a collarbone whereas on a small jet that misplaced its brakes and crash landed in an airport at Key West, Fla. Hendrick’s son, brother and twin nieces have been amongst 10 individuals killed in a 2004 aircraft crash touring to a race in Virginia.
Fox Information’ Charles Creitz, Talia Kaplan and the Related Press contributed to this report.