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Legend of the mediaThe video shows the wreckage of the plane that caught fire on the runway

A retired race pilot and his family survived a plane crash in the US state of Tennessee.

Former NASCAR pilot Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter escaped without serious injuries, officials said.

The plane escaped by running and caught fire after landing Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 3:40 pm local time (19:40 GMT).

Two pilots flew the plane, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced.

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The aircraft detached from the runway and caught fire after landing, officials said.

A video of the airport shows firefighters trying to quell a fire, a Cessna Citation, in the plane, as black smoke gushes into the air.

In a tweet, Mr. Earnhardt 's sister said that everyone on board the plane was safe.

Mr. Earnhardt, 44, was the only passenger taken to the hospital where he was treated for cuts and minor abrasions, ABC News reported.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have opened an investigation into the accident.

Mr. Earnhardt, a two-time winner at Daytona 500, retired from the race in 2017. He is now Nascar's commentator for NBC Sports.