Famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr and his wife were involved in a private jet crash in eastern Tennessee and were uninjured, officials said Thursday.
The retired driver’s sister, Kelley, tweeted that those on board were OK.
“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,”
The FAA said two pilots and three passengers were aboard.
Chief Carrier told CNN that all five people were out of the plane when the fire department arrived.
“When our first unit arrived, there were heavy flames coming from the airplane,” said Carrier. The fire burned for 20 minutes.
In 2017, Earnhardt, 44, was voted as NASCAR’s most popular driver for the 15th straight year.