1:58 PM PT — Dale Jr.’s sister, Kelley, just released a statement … confirming Dale, his wife and daughter — as well as 2 pilots — were involved in the crash.
“Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding.”
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a passenger on an airplane that caught fire after crashing in Tennessee … and officials tell TMZ Sports he was transported to a nearby hospital.
The plane — registered under Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports — crashed at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County just minutes ago. No word on what caused the crash.
Officials tell us Dale Jr. made it off of the plane alive … but his current status is still unknown. We’re told there were other passengers on the plane, but officials do not have a complete passenger list yet.
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Reportedly, Earnhardt’s wife, Amy, and 1-year-old daughter, Isla, were both on the plane as well. Officials would not confirm that with us, nor share their health status.
FYI — the aircraft is a 10-seat, twin-engine Cessna Citation Latitude … and the pictures show the plane was a fiery wreck at the end of the runway at the small airport.
We’ve reached out to Dale Jr.’s rep for comment … and all they would say is “we are aware of the situation, and will put out a statement later.”