A plane carrying former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife crashed in Carter County, Tennessee.
Newschannel 9, citing the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, reported that the plane crashed near the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. on Aug. 15.
Earnhardt Jr. and his were hospitalized following the accident, according to the report.
BREAKING: A plane has crashed in Elizabethton, TN. Dale Earnhardt Jr. & his wife were on board, but are okay, according to our ABC affiliate WJHL. https://t.co/Rbcwxkjfsl
— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) August 15, 2019
Everyone on board the plane survived the crash, and none of the injuries were considered serious, Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said.
The Carter County Sheriff’s office also told WCYB that there were no fatalities in the accident.
Airport Manager Dan Cogan told local news outlet WJHL the private plane ran off the runway at Elizabethton Airport and caught on fire.
“I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. 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,” said Earnhardt’s sister, Kelly, on Twitter.
BREAKING UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife are OK after Elizabethton plane crash, fire chief says https://t.co/8A485IcBXx
— WJHL (@WJHL11) August 15, 2019
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told CNN that Dale Jr.’s Cessna “rolled off the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing” at approximately 3:40 p.m. local time.
“Preliminary indication is that three people were aboard, they evacuated and no injuries were reported to the FAA,” the statement said.
I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. 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.
— Kelley Earnhardt (@EarnhardtKelley) August 15, 2019
The Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department said that the crash was located near Highway 91 in Stony Creek, which was closed, according to Newschannel 9.
No other details were provided.
Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier tells CNN affiliate @WJHL11 that @DaleJr & his wife @AmyEarnhardt were on the plane that crashed at the Elizabethton Airport this afternoon. They are reportedly uninjured
The FAA released the following statement to CNN on the crash: pic.twitter.com/gKsBzTvl9J
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) August 15, 2019
Celebrities Lost in 2019
Actress Peggy Lipton, who starred in David Lynch’s iconic show “Twin Peaks,” and the 1960s show “The Mod Squad,” died on May 11 at the age of 72.
The cause of death was cancer.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead at the age of 33 in South Los Angeles on March 31.
Actor Luke Perry died from a stroke on March 4.
Iconic “Boyz N The Hood” director and the youngest ever Oscar nominee for best picture died after spending days in a coma following a stroke.
Peter Tork, a member of the 1960s TV rock quartet the Monkees, died in February at the age of 77.
His death was announced on his official Facebook page. “Peter succumbed to a 10-year bout with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands,” the statement read.
Five-time Oscar nominee Albert Finney died aged 82 after a short illness.
The BBC cited a statement from a family spokesman announcing the British actor’s death: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”
Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote, “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”
Celebrity comedian Freddie Starr died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.
The body of the British-born comedian was reportedly discovered by a carer at his apartment in Mijas on the Costa del Sol on May 9, the Mirror reported.
Starr had been ill.
A neighbor, who asked not to be named, told the Mirror: “His carer found him dead in his chair at around 3:30 p.m. Police arrived first and then later an ambulance arrived and he was taken away.
“His next door neighbor, who is a nurse, said he was definitely dead. She said she thinks he may have suffered a heart attack.”
BBC Radio 6 music presenter Kelly Jobanputra, of Swindon in southwest England, died on April 26, according to the Swindon Advertiser. She was tragically struck and killed by a train, according to reports.
The celebrity radio host had just turned 40 in April, The Sun reported, and last year had given birth to her second child.
“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali died on Jan. 25, after a battle with terminal cancer. She was 29.
Former “Top Chef” contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to her: “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote.
Broadway star Carol Channing, known for portraying Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!,” died aged 97.
Channing died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, Variety reported.
Her publicist B. Harlan Boll confirmed her death, writing, “It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon — Miss Carol Channing. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone.”
Actor, writer, and producer Bob Einstein, perhaps best known for portraying the bumbling stuntman Super Dave Osborne, died on Jan. 2 at the age of 76. The cause of death was cancer.
Daryl Dragon, or “Captain,” of pop group Captain and Tennille, died on Jan. 2 of renal failure.