North Carolina man hurt in Florida plane crash

by nph | November 7th, 2011

November 4, 2011

Rick Hendrick, a Henrick Motorsport team owner based in North Carolina, was injured Monday night when the team plane ran off a Key West, Florida, runway, reports USA Today. He suffered a broken clavicle and a broken rib.

Also on board were two pilots and Henrick’s wife, who had minor cuts and bruises. All four were transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center and released early Tuesday morning. They have returned safely to North Carolina.

The plane, a Gulfstream G150, is jointly owned by Henrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson Racing. It had a braking problem, according to a team release. The plane remains in Key West.

Johnson, five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, said that he uses the plane to fly to races with his family. He said that he was “beyond thankful everything turned out well, and there weren’t major injuries.”

He also said that Monday’s incident was “scary … it really shakes you down to the core. You’re so thankful everyone’s going to be OK, but it certainly gets your attention. We don’t have a lot of answers at this point [about details of the plane crash],” he said. “There’s a lot of really good, smart people working on getting answers to these questions so we can all understand what exactly took place.”

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