Elizabethton Plane Crash

The site of a plane crash in Elizabethton, Tennessee, this afternoon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife were among passengers. 

UPDATE: There were five people on board the jet, carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family, that crashed off the end of a runway in Elizabethton this afternoon.

In addition to Earnhardt, his wife, Amy, his daughter, Isla, the pilot and co-pilot were on board, according to Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford.

The reason for the crash hasn't been confirmed, but the sheriff said it appears to have been a mechanical issue.

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — A small airplane carrying former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife crashed this afternoon at Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

Earnhardt was taken to a nearby hospital and the extent of his injuries and condition aren’t known at this hour, according to Thomas Gray with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.

Earnhardt's sister tweeted, "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."

Gray said he didn’t know how many others were on board.

Wreckage of the plane, which is in flames with heavy smoke visible, can be seen in front of the airport on Highway 91.

Highway 91 is closed around the airport.

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