Earnhardt Jr. And Family Involved In Plane Crash

Aug 15, 2019

File photo: NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his decision to retire at the season's end, with team owner Rick Hendrick.
Credit David Boraks / WFAE

Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the hospital following a minor plane crash this afternoon. The private aircraft reportedly ran off the runway and caught fire at a municipal airport in Tennessee about 65 miles north of Asheville. Earnhardt’s wife and one-year-old daughter were also aboard the plane at the time of the crash. 

Authorities say everyone aboard the plane, including the two pilots, are expected to be okay.

In a statement to CNN the Federal Aviation Administration said a Cessna Citation rolled off a runway after landing at the airport at 3;40 p.m. today. 

In a tweet Earnhardt, Jr.'s sister Kelly Earnhardt confirmed that he, his wife Amy and daughter Isla were involved in the crash. 

"Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation," her tweet contiued.