Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Updated: July 28, 11:55 AM ET
Roush in serious condition after crash
By Terry Blount
NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was in serious but stable condition after walking away from a plane crash at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., on Tuesday night.
"There are injuries. Possible surgery," Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith said in a text message to The Associated Press. "But he walked out of the plane."
Smith said Roush's injuries include facial lacerations.
Roush was flying his private plane, a Hawker Beechcraft Premier jet, from Detroit. The jet made hard contact on landing and cracked the fuselage.
Brenda Strickland, a friend of Roush's, also was on board the plane. NASCAR journalist Bob Margolis, who is writing a book about Roush's life, was told that Roush and Strickland were not seriously hurt.
"Jack got out and had some blood on his face," Margolis said. "Apparently he bumped his head. They both were taken to a local hospital for observation, but I've been told they are OK."
Roush, an aviation buff, was attending the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture in Oshkosh this week.
In a statement on the EAA's website, officials said a Beechcraft Premier business jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing, LLC was involved in a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. local time, the statement said.
According to the EAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and Winnebago County Sheriff's Department confirmed that two occupants on board were Roush and Strickland of Plymouth, Mich.
"Each exited the aircraft following the accident," the statement said. "Both were transported to local hospitals, with Roush in serious but stable condition and Strickland with non-life threatening injuries. The NTSB is leading the investigation into the accident."
Roush, an experienced pilot, suffered serious injuries in a plane crash near Talladega, Ala., in 2002. He was flying his P-51 aircraft when it crashed into a lake. Roush was unconscious and would have drowned, but he was pulled from the water by Larry Hicks, a retired marine who lived nearby and saw the crash.
Roush owns several aircraft, including a World War II-vintage P-51 Mustang.
Terry Blount a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.