NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick survives a plane crash

November 1st, 2011 - 11:02 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Key West, Fla., Nov 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick survived a plane crash on Monday evening. Aviation officials say the plane which was carrying Hendrick and his wife crash landed at the Key West International Airport at about 7:45 p.m.

The couple survived the crash with minor injuries. Hendrick is the owner of the race club Hendrick Motorsports. The team which has drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and N.C. Johnson recently observed their 199th victory in the Sprint Cup Series.

Earnhardt who was attending the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas told reporters that, “It was a real big scare. Very frightening to hear. I’m very glad that he and everybody appears to be OK.”

This is not the first time that a family member of the Hendricks has been involved in a plane crash. In 2004, Hendrick’s son along with his brother and twin nieces perished when their plane crashed. 10 people were on the flight when it crashed.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday that if the plane had not been restrained by the safety area, the accident could have been worse. The safety area was completed at the airport last May.

The National Transportation and Safety Board has commenced investigation into the cause of the crash.

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