Plane with NASCAR Team Makes Emergency Landing in Memphis
MEMPHIS, TN (ABC News) — A Hendrick Motorsports airplane made an emergency landing early Monday morning because smoke was discovered in the cabin.
The plane was returning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway and made a fuel stop in Oklahoma before taking off again to return to North Carolina. Roughly an hour later, the plane was forced to land at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee.
Team spokesman Jesse Essex said there were no injuries and the plane wasn’t carrying any of its drivers.
A second plane in North Carolina was sent to Memphis to retrieve the team members.
Ten people were killed in a 2004 crash of a Hendrick plane traveling to a race in Virginia. Among those killed in that crash were Rick Hendrick’s son, brother, twin nieces and key Hendrick employees.
Hendrick broke a rib and his clavicle in 2011 when a plane he and his wife were on lost its brakes and crash-landed in Key West, Florida.