Preliminary report released by NTSB for Dale Jr.’s crash

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A preliminary report released by the Nation Transportation Safety Board was released on Friday in the Dale Earnhardt Jr. crash. His plane crashed in Elizabethton, Tennessee on Aug. 15.

The report is the states the same details that Senior NTSB Investigator Ralph Hicks said last Friday to the media. He said the plane bounced twice, before the landing gear collapsed.

Legendary NASCAR driver and NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. signing an autograph at the Consumers Energy 400
Dale Earnhardt Jr. signing an autograph at the Consumers Energy 400 (Getty Images/Stacy Revere)

The report says that the plane bounced twice, according to video evidence from the airport surveillance footage. Then, the plane went airborne down the runway.

In addition, the report says that it touched down again with 1,000 feet of paved surface left. The video showed, according to report, that the right main landing gear collapsed and part of the right wing make contact with the runway.

Then, the plane, which had two pilots and Earnhardt’s family, including his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and dog Gus onboard, left the runway. It then went down an embankment, through a fence, then back up an embankment, before stopping on Tennessee Highway 91.

The pilots accounts were consistent with the video footage. The pilots said after the second bounce, they attempted to go around.

But, they said the plane did not ‘react as expected’, according to National Speed Sport News. It then landed ‘straight ahead’ on the runway, but the plane was not able to stop when it left the runway.

Everyone escaped the crash. The NTSB report says that Earnhardt, the legendary driver, Amy, and Isla were all injured with minor injuries from the crash.

Following the crash, Earnhardt was transported to a local medical facility. A short time later, he was cleared and then was transported to Bristol Motor Speedway, where he was supposed to serve as the NASCAR on NBC broadcaster for the Saturday night race.

However, everyone at NBC agreed that Earnhardt needed to take some time off.

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