Dale Earnhardt Jr. aboard plane that crashed in Tennessee

Published: Aug. 15, 2019 at 4:57 PM EDT
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A plane carrying retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has crashed at an airport in eastern Tennessee.

WCYB, the NBC station in Bristol, is reporting that Earnhardt, his wife, their young child, and two pilots were taken to a hospital. They are reporting all five people are okay.

The crash happened at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The plane erupted in flames, according to photos from the scene.

In a tweet, Earnhardt's sister, Kelley, said all onboard are okay. "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."

The FAA says the Cessna Citation rolled off the end of the runway and caught fire around 3:40 p.m.

Earnhardt's company, JRM Air, LLC from Mooreville, owns the plane, according to the FAA.

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