Dale Earnhardt Jr. Somehow Survives Plane Crash: See the Intense Footage!

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In a word? Wow.

In two more words? Thank. Goodness.

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On Thursday afternoon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, -- the beloved NASCAR driver and auto racing analyst -- and his wife were involved in a private jet crash in east Tennessee, thankfully managing to escape serious injury.

According to Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier, via CNN affiliate WJHL, Earnhardt and his wife, Amy, were on a small jet that crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport around 3:38 p.m. EST.

In the footage posted featured on this page, you can see the plane go up in a whirl of smoke shortly after landing.

Multiple outlets have confirmed that  the vehicle skidded off the runway immediately upon touching down.

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An investigation is currently underway and the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to determine a cause of the crash, but we can at least report that the popular athlete is doing just fine.

"Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation," Tweeted Dale's sister, Kelly, shortly after news of accident went viral.

She added: "We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding,"

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The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that two pilots and three passengers were aboard the aircraft.

(UPDATE: We can now report that the couple's one-year old daughter, Isla, was also on the plane. She was the third passenger.)

The fire that resulted from the crash burned for about 20 minutes before authorities arrived on the scene and put it out.

In 2017, the 44-year old Earnhardt was voted as NASCAR's most popular driver for the 15th straight year. Yes, 15th straight year. Fans adore this guy.

The son of the late racing icon Dale Earnhardt, he now works as a NASCAR analyst for NBC.

Said A network spokesperson:

"We are aware of the media reports and have been in contact with Dale's team. We'll have no further comment until we have more details."

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As of this writing, Dale, his daughter and his wife have been discharged from the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

Dale Earnhardt Sr., for whatever it is worth died at age 49 of injuries sustained in a race car crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.

Watch the video here and join us in sending Earnhardt Jr. and his family members all our best.

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