NTSB Gives Update on Earnhardt Plane Crash

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NTSB Gives Update on Earnhardt Plane Crash

Investigators say the private jet carrying Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his family bounced upon landing, came down hard on the landing gear, and slid off the runway.

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Federal officials are investigating the Tennessee plane crash involving famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife, and their young daughter. 

During a Friday news briefing, the NTSB's Ralph Hicks said the Earnhardts and two pilots escaped from the Cessna Citation Latitude as it caught fire Thursday afternoon.

Hicks said the 11-set private jet bounced at least twice upon landing, came down "hard on the right main landing gear," and ran off the runway after the landing gear appeared to collapse. After going off the runway, the jet burst into flames.

The flight originated in North Carolina and Hicks said the two pilots are licensed professionals.  He noted that the weather was good with calm winds.

Earnhardt was transported to the hospital after the crash and later released. His wife, Amy, and their daughter, Isla, were unhurt. The two pilots were also checked and released from the hospital.

(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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