ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Video obtained by WSOC-TV shows the moments NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family escaped a plane Thursday afternoon as it burst into flames at a Tennessee airport.
Authorities said the private plane, registered under JR Motorsports in Mooresville, rolled off the end of the runway around 3:40 p.m. after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport. It then caught fire.
Earnhardt, his wife, Amy, and their 15-month-old daughter, Isla, were on board, along with two pilots and the family dog.
WSOC-TV spoke with a witness who provided a video of the family escaping the plane.
In the video, you can see black smoke billowing from the plane, then a burst of flames.
It's about 10 seconds later that the plane's door opens
, and people start running out.
You can see someone with the baby in their arms leaving the plane first.
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