“There are injuries. Possible surgery,” Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith said in a text message to The Associated Press. “But he walked out of the plane.” Smith confirmed that the plane belonged to Roush, and he was flying it. Smith said Roush’s injuries include facial lacerations.
Roush, an aviation buff, was attending the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., this week.
In a statement on the EAA Web site, officials said a Beechcraft Premier business jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing, LLC was involved in a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The accident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, the statement said.
According to the EAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that two occupants on board were Roush and Brenda Stricklin of Plymouth, Mich.
“Each exited the aircraft following the accident,” the statement said. “Both were transported to local hospitals, with Roush in serious but stable condition and [Stricklin] with non-life threatening injuries. The NTSB is leading the investigation into the accident.”
According to a statement from the team, Roush was landing his plane when the accident occurred.
“Dr. Kevin Wasco, the attending physician, says that Roush is in serious but stable condition,” the team’s statement said. “His injuries are not life threatening.”
The Beechcraft Premier jet pancaked onto the runway and broke in half and no flames or smoke were seen, according to the aviation news website AVweb.com. Jason McDowell, an aviation photographer who was at the airport, tweeted a photo of team co-owner Jack Roush exiting the plane with a bloody face.
Jack Roush nearly lost his life while piloting a small plane near Troy, Ala., on his 60th birthday on April 19, 2002. He hit a power line and landed upside down in eight feet of water. The longtime NASCAR team owner was not breathing when he was rescued and sustained a broken leg, a collapsed lung and head injuries.
Roush owns several aircraft, including a World War II-vintage P-51 Mustang.
Roush, nicknamed “the cat in the hat”, has now eluded death twice in the last eight years in plane crashes!
Note to WOMR: Never go flying with Jack Roush!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!