Aviation accidents and incidents

FILE - In this July 14. 2012, file photo, driver Michael Stefanik smiles as he shows off how much he won by during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Stefanik beat Ron Silk. Modified stock car great Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He was 61. State police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2019, in Sterling near the Rhode Island state line. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
September 15, 2019 - 10:53 pm
STERLING, Conn. (AP) — Modified stock car great Michael Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He was 61. State police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon in Sterling near the Rhode Island state line. They say the single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 took off from the...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr gets in his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Darlington, S.C.. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
August 31, 2019 - 8:00 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane that crash-landed in Tennessee and went up in flames. The race was a welcome relief...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, Austin Dillon drives a car painted with a throwback scheme from the Dale Earnhardt era into Turn 1 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing practice session at Darlington Raceway, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
August 30, 2019 - 2:14 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is grateful to be back at Darlington Raceway preparing to drive two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane in flames following a crash in Tennessee. Earnhardt, set to drive the Xfinity Series event here Saturday, said he and his wife Amy are still...
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A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 4:20 pm
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says part of the landing gear collapsed and a section of the right wing hit the runway as the plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched down a third time during its crash in East Tennessee last week. The NTSB released a preliminary...
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Members of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 19, 2019 - 6:52 pm
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is "truly blessed" that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the "quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement...
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A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 16, 2019 - 4:24 pm
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday. "It's just the grace of the good Lord that a vehicle didn't get...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) talks with his fiance, Amy Reimann, prior to the Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. NASCAR television analyst and former driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a hospital after his plane crashed in east Tennessee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
August 15, 2019 - 8:40 pm
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation...
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In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB, in the English Channel after it went missing carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala on Jan. 21 2019. The AAIB said Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019, that toxicology tests found that Sala and his pilot were exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide inside the small plane that crashed in the English Channel, killing them both. (AAIB File via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 1:25 pm
LONDON (AP) — Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot were exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide before their small plane crashed in the English Channel, killing them both, British accident investigators said Wednesday. A single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft carrying Sala and...
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Bruce Landsberg, vice chair of NTSB, gives remarks during a press conference in Million Air Dallas terminal at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The plane, a Beechcraft Super King Air 350, had just taken off when it crashed killing all ten people on board. (Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 9:01 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Seconds before a small plane crashed at a suburban Dallas airport, killing all 10 people on board, the crew commented on a problem with the left engine, federal officials said Tuesday. The Beechcraft BE-350 King Air struggled to gain altitude before veering to the left and crashing...
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National Transportation Safety Board and FBI investigators inspect a hangar at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas, Monday, July 1, 2019, the day after a twin-engine plane crashed into the building killing all ten people on board. (Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 6:01 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a deadly small plane crash at a suburban Dallas airport (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Local officials have released the names all ten people who were killed in a small plane crash at an airport north of Dallas. Judge Clay Jenkins, the top Dallas County official, said...
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