A Hendrick Motorsports airplane carrying team members returning to North Carolina from the Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas was forced to land in Memphis, Tennessee, after smoke appeared in the cabin.
None of the passengers suffered injuries from smoke inhalation, the team confirmed. Crew members returned home on another plane. There were no Hendrick drivers on the plane.
According to airplane-tracking website FlightAware, the Hendrick plane that landed in Memphis was an Embraer twin-engine regional jet.
In October 2004, a plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed into mountainous terrain in Stuart, Virginia, killing all 10 on board, including Ricky Hendrick, son of team owner Rick Hendrick.
The accident occurred when the pilots overshot the Martinsville airport in the fog and crashed into Bull Mountain.