Hendricks not seriously hurt in crash
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A small jet carrying the owner of NASCAR's top team and his wife lost its brakes and crash landed at a Key West, Fla., airport Monday evening, officials said.
Rick Hendrick was diagnosed with a broken rib and a broken collarbone, and Linda Hendrick was treated for minor cuts and bruises, the owner's team said in a statement Tuesday. Both pilots did not suffer injuries.
All four were released from Lower Keys Medical Center early Tuesday morning and have returned to North Carolina.
The Gulfstream 150 aircraft ran off the runway at the Key West International Airport Monday at 7:45 p.m. The plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing II Incorporate in Charlotte, N.C. Johnson is a five-time defending NASCAR champion and drives for Hendrick Motorsports, which Rick Hendrick owns.
"It was a real big scare. Very frightening to hear," Earnhardt told reporters in Las Vegas, where he was attending the annual SEMA show, which showcases automotive specialty-equipment. "I'm very glad that he and everybody appears to be OK."
In 2004, a plane Hendrick owned crashed en route to a race in Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 onboard. That included Hendrick's son, Ricky, his brother and twin nieces.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the pilot and co-pilot radioed that the plane had no brakes upon landing in Key West. Horton said the plane ran off the runway, and then 100 feet beyond a 600-foot safety area that was finished in May.
"If we hadn't done that, it likely would have been a different story," Horton said of the safety area that is meant as a runway overrun space.
Photographs of the crash show the plane largely intact and with its nose resting on the ground about 20 feet in front of a chain-linked airport boundary fence.
The National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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