Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt survives plane crash in US

Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt survives plane crash in US

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Media captionFootage shows the wreckage of the plane that burst into flames on the runway

A retired racing driver and his family have survived a plane crash in the US state of Tennessee.

Former Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, his wife and daughter escaped without serious injury, officials said.

The plane ran off the runaway and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 15:40 local time (19:40 GMT) on Thursday.

Two pilots were flying the plane, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

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Image caption The plane careened off the runway and caught fire after landing, officials said

Video from the airport shows firefighters attempting to quell a blaze ripping through the plane, a Cessna Citation, as black smoke billows into the air.

In a tweet, Mr Earnhardt's sister said everyone on board the plane was safe.

Skip Twitter post by @EarnhardtKelley

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 (@EarnhardtKelley) August 15, 2019

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End of Twitter post by @EarnhardtKelley

Mr Earnhardt, 44, was the only passenger taken to hospital, where he was treated for minor cuts and abrasions, ABC News reported.

The FAA and The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have launched an investigation into the crash.

Mr Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, retired from racing in 2017. He is now a Nascar commentator for NBC Sports.

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