Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crashes in TN

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been discharged from an East Tennessee hospital after he and his family escaped the burning wreckage of a crashed plane at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon.

All passengers who were on board, including Earnhardt, his wife, daughter and two pilots, made it out of the plane alive, Carter County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gray confirmed.
NBC Sports confirmed that Earnhardt was discharged from a hospital and that he will not call NASCAR races for the network this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said that Earnhardt, his wife and daughter were aboard the plane and escaped the wreckage while it was already engulfed in flames after the crash. The plane, Carrier said, wrapped around a fence at the end of the runway and slid to a fiery stop in a grassy area before the Earnhardts, two pilots and a dog evacuated the crash site.

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