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Video of Earnhardt plane crash points to damaged landing gear

John Thompson, Johnson City Press • Aug 16, 2019 at 3:17 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Safety investigators believe damaged landing gear may have caused a private plane occupied by retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family to crash Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

National Transportation Safety Board Senior Air Safety Investigator Ralph Hicks said video from nearby the airport at the time of the crash indicated the jet may have had a collapsed right main landing gear when it rolled off the end of the small airport’s runway, through a fence and onto State Route 91.

Earnhardt, his wife, Amy, their daughter, Isla, the pilot, copilot and the family dog were able to climb out of the wreckage before emergency workers arrived at the scene. The popular driver and commentator was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center for examination, but authorities said neither he, nor anyone else in the crash were seriously injured.

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