Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family and two pilots survived a fiery plane crash with no injuriesÂ at the end of a runway at Elizabethon Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Here’s what we know about the crash.
The small plane crashed near the end of the runway, plowed through a fence past the runway and caught on fire,Â Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said.
A video shared by Scott Reis on Facebook showed the fiery wreckage as people walked away from the wreckage and as authorities rushed to the scene.
Earnhardt, his wife and daughter, two pilots and a dog quickly rushed out of the plane and away from the scene as authorities arrived,Â Carrier said. Fencing was wrapped around the crashed plane but did not block the cabin doors, according to Carrier.Â
The plane experienced a hard landing and bounced, leaving the runway and catching fire, the Accident and Incident Notice report from the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Earnhardt went to a local hospital after the crash for observation, Carrier said. He was discharged from the hospital later ThursdayÂ with no injuries reported, a NBC Sports spokesman confirmed.
The plane experienced a hard landing and bouncedÂ leading to a Thursday crash, according to an initial report released Friday from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Two NTSB investigators, along with the FAA, are investigating the crash site.
By 7 p.m. Thursday, Carrier said local fire and police departments were preserving evidence on the scene for the NTSB before the investigators’ arrival.
The plane, registered under the code N8JRÂ was registered to JRM AirÂ LLC in Mooresville, N.C., which is Earnhardt’s hometown. His race team, JR Motorsports, is based in Mooresville, andÂ Earnhardt’s current home sits just north of the town most well-known for its connection to NASCAR teams and drivers.
Earnhardt and his family’s plane was landing 15 miles away from Bristol Motor Speedway, the site of this weekend’s NASCAR races. Earnhardt was in the area a day before he was scheduled to be in the broadcast booth at Bristol as a TV analyst for NBC Sports this weekend.
A NBC Sports spokesman said that Earnhardt and the network mutually agreed that he would spend the weekend with his family instead of calling races at Bristol. Earnhardt will be back in the TV booth Sept. 1 at Darlington.Â
Earnhardt is among the most popular drivers in the history of stock car racing, rivaling only his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and seven-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty in terms of fan popularity.
The NASCAR world took a collective breath as they awaited for official news of Earnhardt Jr. and his family’s safety. Once Earnhardt Jr.’s sister, Kelley, tweeted out that everyoneÂ wasÂ safe, a big sigh of relief was let out.