NBC television personality and former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a hospital after the charter plane he and wife Amy Reimann were aboard ran off the end of the runway and caught fire Thursday at a municipal airport in northeast Tennessee.
Earnhardt Jr. and Reimann were flying with their 1-year-old daughter Isla, another passenger, two pilots and a family dog, Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told local news channel WJHL. The sheriff described Earnhardt’s injuries as cuts and abrasions.
Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, confirmed the incident on Twitter.
In a statement, NBC Sports said it was “incredibly grateful” that Earnhardt and his family, as well as the pilots, were “safe following today’s accident.”
The network said it contacted Earnhardt after he was discharged from the hospital, and all parties were “in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family.”
“We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington,” NBC Sports said. NASCAR’s Southern 500 race takes place Sept. 1 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
Earnhardt, 44, retired from racing in 2018 after a 22-year career. He is the son of Dale Earnhardt Sr., a renowned driver who died in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500.