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Dramatic footage shows moment Dale Earnhardt Jr and his wife flee the fiery wreckage of their plane

Dramatic new footage shows NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s heart-stopping escape from his crashed private plane, as he, his wife, family dog and two pilots are seen running out of the fiery wreck.  

Earnhardt Jr., 44, had been flying to Bristol with his wife, Amy, their 15-month-old daughter Isla, and their family dog, Gus, when his private plane skidded off the runway of Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator, Ralph Hicks, said surveillance footage captured the plane thumping down on the runway two times before the right landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to skid beyond the tarmac, through a chain link fence and out onto a local highway. 

During the impact the fence coiled itself around the front of the plane, but remarkably the cabin door was not obstructed and everyone on-board – including the two pilots – were able to escape from the wreckage before the aircraft was entirely engulfed by fire.

In a new video of the crash’s aftermath obtained by WFMY, a slightly dazed man can be seen emerging from the cabin door and turning around to clutch baby Isla in his arms, before running a safe distance away.

Amy, dressed in white, can be seen racing out of the burning aircraft next with Gus following close behind. 

Two other male passengers are seen breezing across the tarmac seconds later, capping off the truly remarkable escape. 

RAW VIDEO: Earnhardt Family Escapes Fiery Plane Crash in New Video

O-M-G! Newly obtained video shows Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and family escaping the fiery wreck of their plane after crash landing in eastern Tennessee. Earnhardt, his wife, and their one-year-old daughter were being flown by two pilots on their Cessna Citation aircraft when it crashed during landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County, Tennessee. https://on.wfmy.com/3090RCx

Posted by WFMY News 2 on Friday, 16 August 2019

A man can be seen clutching baby Isla in his arms

In a new video of the crash’s aftermath obtained by WFMY, a slightly dazed man can be seen emerging from the cabin door and turning around to clutch baby Isla in his arms, before running a safe distance away

The footage was obtained by WFMY

Amy, dressed in white, can be seen racing out of the burning aircraft next with Gus following close behind. Two other male passengers are seen breezing across the tarmac seconds later, capping off the truly remarkable escape

Amy, dressed in white (shown right), can be seen racing out of the burning aircraft next with Gus following close behind

Two other male passengers are seen breezing across the tarmac seconds later, capping off the truly remarkable escape

Two other male passengers are seen breezing across the tarmac seconds later, capping off the truly remarkable escape

A private plane carrying NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and one-year-old daughter Isla (all pictured together ran off the runway and caught fire in Tennessee on Thursday

A private plane carrying NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and one-year-old daughter Isla (all pictured together ran off the runway and caught fire in Tennessee on Thursday

The entire family survived the crash, along with the the two pilots. Pictured is the small plane ablaze

The entire family survived the crash, along with the the two pilots. Pictured is the small plane ablaze  

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday

These photos show Earnhardt on the grass being treated after the fiery crash. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries

These photos show Earnhardt on the grass being treated after the fiery crash. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries

These photos show Earnhardt on the grass being treated after the fiery crash. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries 

Dale Jr. Crash

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ashley Garcia captured this footage of EMS treating Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the scene of the plane crash. We want everyone to know that Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley, tweeted that everyone on board is safe. After seeing images of the burning plane, we want to let all know that Dale Jr. and all on-board are safe and are were taken to the hospital.

Posted by WCYB on Thursday, 15 August 2019

The plane ran off the runway and caught fire at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee

The plane ran off the runway and caught fire at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee 

Pictures from the scene show the 10-seat, twin-engine Cessna Citation Latitude in a fiery wreck at the end of the small airport¿s runway

Pictures from the scene show the 10-seat, twin-engine Cessna Citation Latitude in a fiery wreck at the end of the small airport’s runway

The plane, registered under Earnhardt's JR Motorsports, crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County at around 3:40pm on Thursday afternoon. It skidded off past the runway and came to rest on the edge of a near-by highway

The plane, registered under Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports, crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County at around 3:40pm on Thursday afternoon. It skidded off past the runway and came to rest on the edge of a near-by highway

Dale's sister Kelley Earnhardt confirmed that the family and pilots were safe

Dale’s sister Kelley Earnhardt confirmed that the family and pilots were safe  

Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier described the Earnhardt’s unlikely survival as ‘very lucky’, insisting that ‘everything worked in their favor instead of against them’. 

NTSB officials have yet to determine a cause for the crash, saying it could take about a week before their investigation concludes. 

Earnhardt was scheduled to announce Saturday night’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, but the network have since said the 44-year-old will be taking the weekend off to spend time with his family. 

‘We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident,’ NBC Sports said on Twitter.

‘After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all 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.’

The plane, registered under Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports, crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County at around 3:40pm on Thursday afternoon.

It skidded off past the runway and came to rest on the edge of a near-by highway. 

Video captured from the scene show Earnhardt Jr. laying in the grass as first responders try to place a brace around his neck.

He appeared to be conscious and communicating throughout the interaction. 

Also aboard the small aircraft was Earnhardt¿s wife, 1-year-old daughter Isla, and the family¿s dog

Also aboard the small aircraft was Earnhardt’s wife, 1-year-old daughter Isla, and the family’s dog

The doting dad is pictured holding his daughter, who miraculously survived Thursday's crash, along with the family dog

The doting dad is pictured holding his daughter, who miraculously survived Thursday’s crash, along with the family dog 

The family dog Gus (pictured) was also on board with the family and survived the crash

The family dog Gus (pictured) was also on board with the family and survived the crash 

Video and pictures from the scene shows the fire has since been extinguished

Video and pictures from the scene shows the fire has since been extinguished

The charred remains of the plane are seen above on the grassy field at the Tennessee airport

The charred remains of the plane are seen above on the grassy field at the Tennessee airport

Earnhardt was taken to hospital immediately after the crash to be treated for minor injuries. He was discharged just hours later.

Amy and little Isla were also taken away by paramedics, and they too are believed to have only suffered minor injuries.

Both of the aircraft’s pilots also escaped with their lives and are not thought to have been seriously harmed.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunsford said Thursday that the plane had already started to burn as the Earnhardt family and flight crew escaped, including ‘flames coming from where the family had just been sitting,’ The Charlotte Observer reported.

Photos and videos from the scene reveal the 10-seat, twin-engine Cessna Citation Latitude’s fuselage cracked down the middle and a combination of flames and black smoke was billowing from the opening. The plane was largely destroyed by the fire.

Earnhardt Jr. is a two-time Daytona 500 winner and retired as a full-time NASCAR driver in 2017.

He has since been working as a sport’s analyst for NASCAR on NBC.

Large plumes of smoke can be seen from the road near the airport where the crash occurred

Large plumes of smoke can be seen from the road near the airport where the crash occurred 

The father-of-one is yet to comment publicly about the crash, however his sister tweeted late Thursday voicing her relief over the news of the family’s survival.

‘We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident.’

‘After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all 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.’

A later tweet read: ‘Finally laying down for the night and want to say thank you to God, the angels among us, our pilots, first responders, medical staff, our NASCAR family and everyone that has reached out in whatever way to support us all.’

Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander said that though the accident was bad, ‘there’s a lot of good things that happened.’ 

‘One being that everyone walked away,’ he said. ‘The second being at 3:40 in the afternoon, after school had just let out a couple of miles up the road, there were no cars involved in this accident.’



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