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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has obtained surveillance video from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport that shows the first moments Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s plane touched the ground before it crashed in August.
The surveillance video only lasts for a few moments. You can see the attempted landing on the runway before the plane goes out of frame.
The video shows the right landing gear collapsing – the right wing touching the runway.
At the end of the video, you can also see an airport employee with a yellow vest run outside right after the plane passes.
The pilots attempted to go-around after the second bounce but telling investigators – the plane did not respond as expected.
The landing gear skidded into the grass right before the busy road – those marks are still clear.
The plane carrying Dale Jr. and his family, traveling from Statesville, North Carolina, bounced at least twice before “coming down hard” on the right-wing landing gear, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigators. Everyone on board was able to get out of the plane okay.
The plane came to a crashing stop – knocking out part of the airport fence with it.
A temporary fence is up right now – installation of the permanent fence is happening this week. The total cost of the repairs is around $6,000.