In his first public statement since surviving a plane crash last week, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on Monday that his family is "truly blessed to have escaped all aboard without serious injury".
Following Thursday's accident at Elizabethton Municipal Airport, Tennessee, Earnhardt, his wife Amy and their 1-year-old daughter, Isla, were hospitalized and treated for minor injuries. The location of the crash was about 20 minutes from Johnson City.
Two pilots and the family dog were also on the plane, registered with the racing team of Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports.
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"Amy and I would like to thank all who have been raising us with calls, messages and prayers since Thursday. We are truly blessed that everyone on board has escaped without serious injury, including our daughter, our two pilots and our dog Gus, "wrote Earnhardt on Monday.
He added, "In terms of the investigation, we will not speculate or discuss the cause of the accident. I am grateful for the speed with which my pilots, local law enforcement, rescue and hospital staff reacted quickly. "
The 44-year-old also said he values the privacy of his family" to handle everything ".
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"It was important to do this together and in our free time," wrote Earnhardt.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna Citation dropped at the end of a runway and went down in flames after landing.
Earnhardt announcing the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series Bass Pro Shops / NRA last night The night race in Bristol, Tennessee released the NBC Sports weekend after the crash.
Earnhardt Jr., who retired from racing in 201
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The Former Motorist It is expected that No. 88 will return to Labor Day weekend when the first series of NASCAR for the Southern 500 from Bojangles to Darlington, SC returns.
Charles Creitz and Danielle Wallace of Fox News contributed to this report.