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Last updated: 26 February 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 15 August 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic C680 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 680A Citation Latitude
Operator:JRM Air LLC
Registration: N8JR
C/n / msn: 680A-0010
First flight: 2015
Total airframe hrs:1165
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elizabethton Municipal Airport, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Statesville Municipal Airport, NC (SVH/KSVH), United States of America
Destination airport:Elizabethton Municipal Airport, TN, United States of America
A Cessna 680A Citation Latitude, N8JR, was destroyed by fire when it suffered a runway overrun and crossed an airport fence after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport (0A9), Tennessee, USA. The pilots were not injured. The three passengers, NASCAR Racer Dale Earnhardt Jr, his wife and daughter, sustained minor injuries.
The aircraft made a hard landing on runway 24, a 1380 m (4530 ft) long runway. The airplane bounced twice, then continued airborne down runway 24 until it touched down a third time with about 1000 ft of paved surface remaining. The right main landing gear collapsed and the outboard section of the right wing contacted the runway shortly after the third touchdown. The airplane departed the paved surface beyond the runway 24 departure end threshold, through an open area of grass, down an embankment, through a chain-link fence, and up an embankment, coming to rest on the edge of Tennessee Highway 91.
After the airplane came to a stop, the flight crew secured the engines and assisted the passengers with the evacuation. The main entry door was utilized to exit the airplane. A postaccident fire was in progress during the evacuation.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ERA19FA248

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Statesville Municipal Airport, NC to Elizabethton Municipal Airport, TN as the crow flies is 128 km (80 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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