According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot and co-pilot radioed that the plane had no brakes upon landing in Key West. Horton said the plane ran off the runway, and then 100 feet beyond a 600-foot safety area that was finished in May. “If we hadn’t done that, it likely would have been a different story,” Horton said of the safety area that is meant as a runway overrun space. The National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
All four people on board, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, his wife, Linda Hendrick, and two Hendrick Motorsports pilots, were released from Lower Keys Medical Center early Tuesday morning. Rick Hendrick was diagnosed with a broken rib and a broken clavicle, and Linda Hendrick was treated for minor cuts and bruises. Both pilots were evaluated and released without injury.
All four have safely returned to North Carolina.
This latest aviation accident for Hendrick Motorsports comes just seven years and four days after the very devastating plane crash for that organization near Martinsville on October 27,2004, where Rick Hendrick lost his son, Ricky, brother John, two nieces Kimberly and Jennifer, along with key individuals in his racing program at HMS.
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