Per the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), a Cessna Citation business jet carrying Earnhardt, his wife Amy, their 15-month-old daughter Isla and two pilots caught fire after landing at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The family flew to East Tennessee for Earnhardt to cover this weekend's race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
"I can confirm Dale, Amy and Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol, TN this afternoon," wrote sister Kelley Earnhardt in a tweet. "Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding."
After the news broke, Brad Paisley took a selfie wearing an Earnhardt number 88 ball cap and offered prayers to the family.
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It's not Paisley's first public statement of support for one of stock car racing's second generation stars. During Earnhardt's final NASCAR season in 2017, Paisley played a special farewell concert for his friend during the Bank of America 500 weekend in Charlotte, N.C.
Other country stars responded to the accident, as well. "Thanking God that Dale Jr., his family and the pilots all survived this plane crash," wrote Travis Tritt on Twitter. "Very scary images from the scene."
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