Dale Earnhardt Jr. issues first statement following fiery plane crash in Elizabethton

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- Dale Earnhardt Jr. issued his first statement Monday following a fiery plane crash late last week.

You can read the entire statement below.

The plane, traveling from Statesville, North Carolina, bounced at least twice before “coming down hard” on the right-wing landing gear, according to investigators.

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