No injuries after Hendrick Motorsports plane forced to make emergency landing

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Rick Hendrick
Rick Hendrick

An Embraer twin-engine regional jet belonging to NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports made an emergency landing early Monday morning in Memphis, Tennessee. The plane made the landing after passengers reported smoke in the cabin. There were no injuries according to a representative with Hendrick Motorsports.

The aircraft was returning from the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was carrying crewmembers from the four teams that work in the pits during the races. The passengers were sent onto Charlotte on another flight a short time later.

A plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed in Stuart, Virginia in October 2004 killing all 10 on board, among them Ricky Hendrick, son of team owner Rick Hendrick. The plane was on the way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.


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