Hendrick plane crashes en route to NASCAR race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says a plane owned by the Hendrick Motorsports organization crashed with ten people aboard on its way to a NASCAR race in Martinsville, Virginia, Sunday. F-A-A spokeswoman Arlene Murray said there was no word on fatalities or injuries, NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said the F-A-A has notified the National Transportation Safety Board, adding, "they're investigating to see what might have happened or what has happened." Murray said the Beech 200 took off from Concord, North Carolina, and crashed in the Bull Mountain area about seven miles west of the Martinsville airport early in the afternoon. A spokesman for the Virginia State Police said rescue workers could not immediately reach the crash site because of the rough terrain. NASCAR has spoken with team owner Rick Hendrick. No details about who was on the plane were immediately available. Hendrick owns the teams of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers in the Nextel Cup Series. Johnson won Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.
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