Speedway president uninjured in plane accident

Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. (Getty Images)
Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. (Getty Images)

A private plane carrying seven people, including Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell, suffered severe damage when it made a belly landing at an airport in Virginia early Sunday morning.  None of the seven people onboard were injured.

The Beechcraft King Air B200 was returning from a race in Ohio just after midnight. As the pilot touched down at the Blue Ridge Regional Airport in Henry County, the landing gear wasn’t down and the aircraft skidded down the runway stopping in the grass at the end. Campbell, a pilot himself, was in the co-pilot seat but wasn’t in control of the aircraft.

“It didn’t take long to figure out what the problem was,” Campbell told local media. “Sparks and the scraping noise, obviously the gear wasn’t where it needed to be and we started sliding and it all happened so fast you really don’t have time to get scared about it.” MORE>>>