Dale Earnhardt Jr. releases statement after plane crash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. releases statement after plane crash

"NTSB is sending two investigators to Elizabethton, Tennessee, to begin investigation of today's runway excursion accident involving a Cessna 680 business jet", NTSB Newsroom initially reported.

Elizabethton Airport manager Dan Cogan confirmed a private plane ran off the end of the runway and caught fire, but did say all passengers got out of the plane shortly after the crash happened. Local officials will release their names and conditions.

Earnhardt, his wife, their child and the two pilots all survived and were not seriously injured.

Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said the Earnhardts" escape was "very lucky" and that "everything worked in their favor instead of against them'. "It looks like everything worked in their favor instead of against them".

Initially at the time of the incident, Kelley Earnhardt confirmed the crash on Twitter. "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 had a great time with our first responder family at the BMS night race!" wrote the Carter County Tennessee Sheriff's Office on its Facebook page Saturday.

Earnhardt Jr. thanked everyone for their support following Thursday's crash in a statement shared on social media Monday.

In addition to the two pilots, also aboard were Earnhardt's wife, Amy Reimann, a prominent interior decorator in North Carolina, the Earnhardts' 15-month-old daughter, Isla, and family dog Gus.

In the aftermath of the crash, video shows first responders treating Earnhardt Jr. In his statement, Earnhardt expressed gratitude for having been extended privacy as he and the family process the event privately.

"It has been important to do that together and on our own time", Earnhardt wrote.

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