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Plane Carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., Wife and Baby Crashes in Tennessee

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The National Transportation Safety Board will arrive at the scene Friday to investigate a plane that crashed while carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and their daughter.

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Officials said the plane went down around 3:40 p.m. Thursday at the Elizabethton Airport in Tennessee. Federal Aviation Administration officials said a Cessna Citation rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire after landing.

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Earnhardt was on his way to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, where racing starts Thursday night.

Earnhardt’s sister talked about the crash in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

“I can confirm Dale, Amy and 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,” Kelley Earnhardt said. Dale Earnhardt Jr. now works for NBC Sports. He was scheduled to be part of the network’s coverage of Saturday night’s race in Bristol.

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NBC Sports released a statement about the incident.

“We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident. After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family. We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington.”

The son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, he was one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers until his retirement in 2017.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

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