NTSB reveals cause of Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash


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Nearby CCTV cameras filmed the crash, allowing NTSB investigators to identify that the right-side main landing gear collapsed after the plane made a second or third heavy ‘bounce’ along the runway as it attempted to land.

Senior investigator Ralph Hicks said: “We were able to obtain surveillance footage from buildings around the area that include footage of the accident happening. It shows quite a bit.

“The airplane basically bounced at least twice before coming down hard on the right[-side] main landing gear. You can actually see the right-main landing gear collapsing on the video.

 “The airplane continued down the runway, off the end through a fence and came to a stop on Highway 91.”

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