Nascar Hendrick In Plane Crash
November 1, 2011 by staff
Nascar Hendrick In Plane Crash, A plane carrying the NASCAR team owner and his wife lost its brakes and crashed into a night key West, Florida, airport on Monday, and the couple suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
The Gulfstream 150 aircraft skidded off the runway at Key West International Airport at 7:45 pm Monday Rick and Linda Hendrick, a pilot and passenger were taken to lower Keys health centers. The Hendricks suffered minor injuries and the pilot and copilot were taken as a precaution, said airport director Peter Horton County.
The plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing II Incorporated in Charlotte, NC Johnson is a five-time NASCAR champion and defending drives for Hendrick Motorsports, which owns Rick Hendrick.
In addition to Johnson, Hendrick also fields cars for the four-time champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. The team has just celebrated his 199th career victory in the Sprint Cup.
“It was a real shock. Very scary to hear,” Earnhardt told reporters in Las Vegas, where he was attending the annual SEMA show, showing specialty automotive equipment. “I am delighted that he and everyone seems to be okay.”
In 2004, a plane owned by Hendrick crashed en route to a race in Martinsville, Virginia, killing all 10 on board. Including Hendrick’s son, Ricky, his brother and twin nieces.
According to the Office of the Monroe County Sheriff, the pilot and copilot radioed that the plane had no brakes on landing at Key West. Horton said the plane skidded off the runway, and then 100 meters beyond a safety zone of 600 feet was completed in May.
“Had we not done that, I probably would have been a different story,” Horton said the security area is meant as a space invaded the track.
Photographs of the crash show the plane nearly intact and with the nose resting on the ground about 20 meters in front of a chained fence of the airport boundary.
The National Transportation Safety Board and will investigate the cause of the accident.
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