Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take a break from NBC sports analyst duties to 'be with wife and daughter'

Mail Online | 8/16/2019 | Luke Kenton For Dailymail.com
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NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be taking a short break from his NBC sports analyst duties, the station has announced, just hours after he and his family walked away from a horrifying plane crash in Tennessee.

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, crashed through a fence and burst into flames.

Impact - Fence - Front - Plane - Cabin

During the impact the fence had 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.

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

Earnhardt - Saturday - Night - NASCAR - Monster

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.

Plane - Earnhardt - JR - Motorsports - Elizabethton

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...
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