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Plane Carrying NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Family Bursts Into Flames

Plane Carrying NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Family Bursts Into Flames

NASCAR driving legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family are lucky to be alive after being on board a small plane that rolled off the runway and burst into flames.

The plane incident happened at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County, Tennessee, and thankfully everyone got out safely.

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Dale was on board with his wife Amy, their one-year-old daughter Isla and their dog Gus, along with two pilots.

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His sister Kelley Earnhardt has released a statement, saying: "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."

The NASCAR great has since been discharged from hospital.

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The two-time Daytona 500 winner was on his way to Bristol, Tennessee, where he was expected to announce the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, according to the Daily Mail.

A NBC Sports spokesperson has released a statement, saying: "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."

An investigation is underway into what sparked the blaze.

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