SilverwingSpttr wrote:Surprised he wasn't on N138DE, that lovely ERJ. At any rate, glad to hear everyone is ok. Interesting aviation day we are having today.
maxholstemh1521 wrote:SilverwingSpttr wrote:Surprised he wasn't on N138DE, that lovely ERJ. At any rate, glad to hear everyone is ok. Interesting aviation day we are having today.
N138DE is not owned by JR Motorsports. I think Ganassi Racing who merged Dale Earnhardt INC Racing back in 2008 currently operates that aircraft. It's registered to Champion Air LLC.
MainRunway wrote:What was the departure airport?
KCaviator wrote:Good lord, how many NASCAR-related crashes have there been?
MainRunway wrote:What was the departure airport?? I watched a video showing a plane landing with a cockpit view on Runway 24 there and it seems there is a needlessly long displaced threshold.
Narfish641 wrote:Glad he and his family is ok. Those pictures startled me.
TheKennady2 wrote:Thats why Dale should fly Commercial, Statistically safer. Glad Jr and fam is Ok, i say his name Multiple times a Day.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:KCaviator wrote:Good lord, how many NASCAR-related crashes have there been?
Too many! Driving race cars or being associated with race cars does not a flight operation make. Rousch Racing has had a couple, as has Hendricks and NASCAR, itself.
MGC1191 wrote:I'm a passionate NASCAR fan (hell, I live in Kannapolis.. come on.. ) and my heart dropped when I got the notification that another NASCAR affiliated aircraft crashed in that area. I'm so, so very happy everyone is ok.
A brief history of that area:
Alan Kulwicki died when his plane crashed while approaching TRI.
Hendrick Motorsports lost a plane with a lot of staff and family members while trying to land at Martinsville (~150 miles away)
And now today Earnhardts plane crashes.
Dale actually ended up at the track a couple hours later... dude survives a plane crash and then goes to the track. Boy's an Earnhardt.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:TheKennady2 wrote:Thats why Dale should fly Commercial, Statistically safer. Glad Jr and fam is Ok, i say his name Multiple times a Day.
Try to fly to Elizabethton or Bristol commercially. Privately operated bizjets, not charter, have a fine safety record, but do face lots more risks that require consideration. Operations, not pilots or planes, are safe or hazardous. Land in the first 1,000 feet and no one would have heard about this because it wouldn’t have happened.
micstatic wrote:Don’t forget hendrick accident in key west
cat3appr50 wrote:Thank God Earnhardt and family and crew survived this crash and post crash fire. It was IMO a close one.
It was reported that the Dale Earnhardt and family plane crash during landing at Elizabethton, TN airport yesterday was at 3:50 pm local so 1950Z. The METAR 151953Z for this time, for KTRI Tri Cities Airport, which was only 13 NM away from Elizabethton airport, indicated winds [email protected], 10SM Vis., no Clg. The 0A9 Elizabethton airport apparently had automated WX with negligible winds, 10 SM Vis. The 0A9 Elizabethton airport afaik doesn’t have any charted (ILS, RNAV, etc.) approaches to Rwy24. The (visual only) approach to 0A9 Rwy24 is between the mountains E of the airport.
No idea why this flight didn’t flight plan/land instead at KTRI (Tri Cities) airport which has a charted ILS approach and RNAV approach to Rwy 23, and which has a LDA of 8,000’. After all, KTRI is closer to Bristol Motor Speedway than the Elizabethton airport was, which was (as reported) Earnhardt’s destination after landing anyway. And if they just had to land at 0A9 airport, they could have used Rwy06 (given the negligible winds), with an approach area not between mountains, and which has a charted RNAV 06 approach if needed.
(a) The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft.
(b) In an in-flight emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot in command may deviate from any rule of this part to the extent required to meet that emergency.
(c) Each pilot in command who deviates from a rule under paragraph (b) of this section shall, upon the request of the Administrator, send a written report of that deviation to the Administrator.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:They’re flying VFR, not IFR, so the IAP is irrelevant. They came in from the east, VFR, landing on 24 is understandable, but I suspect they were pretty high energy and unstable at 2 miles in., considering its only 70 nm direct and they reached 12,500’ enroute. It’d have a parabolic curve of a flight. The CVR will be interesting. No doubt this crew had been there many times before, the right seat pilot had been in the plane since new, the left seat pilot had been on it for about two years. I’m guessing the right seat pilot is Junior’s chief pilot. The density altitude was about 3,800’, a light Latitude under those conditions has plenty of thrust to go around, I doubt a properly executed go would be problematic.
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