Last week NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and one-year-old daughter were involved in a plane crash that resulted in no serious injuries. Now, after several days of silence, Earnhardt has released a statement addressing the incident.
Taking to Twitter, Earnhardt expressed his thanks for all of the support he and his family has received.
He credited the pilots and emergency personnel in responding quickly to the crash.
"We are truly blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries, including our daughter, our two pilots and our dog Gus.”
“Amy and I continue to be very appreciative of the privacy extended to us to process everything. It has been important to do that together and on our own time.”
As for the cause of the accident, Earnhardt made it clear that he would not be discussing it. But in the interim, the family will be spending time together to recover physically and emotionally.
Following the crash last week, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board said that the plane bounced twice before landing hard on its right landing gear.
"You can actually see the right wing landing gear collapsing on the video (from nearby buildings). The airplane continued down the runway, off to the end, through a fence and came to a stop … on highway 91.”
Earnhardt reportedly suffered only minor cuts and burns from the crash.