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Earnhard Jr. safe after plane goes off runway, catches on fire

From The Trussville Tribune

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their daughter Isla were in a plane that ran off a runway after landing at the Elizabethon Municipal Airport Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The plane caught fire.

According to NBC sports, the Earnhardt’s were safe but had been transported to a local hospital for a check-up.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said: “A Cessna Citation rolled off the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee at 3:40 p.m. today. Preliminary indication is that two pilots and three passengers were aboard.  Local officials will release their names and conditions. The aircraft registration is N8JR, look up the owner at FAA.gov.  The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.”

Earnhardt was arriving in Bristol in anticipation of NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, according to NBC Sports.

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