“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,” Kelley Earnhardt wrote in a tweet. Amy is Dale’s wife, and Isla is their 1-year-old daughter.
Fox News also has learned the plane involved in the crash is registered to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team, JR Motorsports, and crashed near Elizabethton Municipal Airport, which is in Carter County, Tennessee. Elizabethton is about 20 minutes from Johnson City, Tenn.
The plane ran off the end of the runway and caught fire around 3:38 p.m., according to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.
The pilot, co-pilot, Earnhardt, his wife, their daughter and the family dog were on board when the plane crashed, Sheriff Dexter Lunsford said.
Earnhardt Jr. has been transported to the hospital for minor injuries, the public information officer with The Carter County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News. He added everyone on the plane survived the crash. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
Earnhardt was reportedly flying to Bristol, Tenn. to announce Saturday night’s NASCAR Monster Energy Series Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race.
Earnhardt Jr., who retired from racing full-time in 2017, also has been an analyst for NASCAR on NBC.
His father, Dale Earnhardt, died from injuries sustained in a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. The elder Earnhardt’s death led NASCAR to work toward instituting more safety measures at tracks, including The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier, which is intended to absorb and reduce kinetic energy during the impact of a high speed crash and, therefore, lessen injuries sustained to drivers.
Fox News’ Charles Creitz and Trace Gallagher contibuted to this report.