This is KILLING me!!! I'm in shock!
Plane Crash Kills 10, Including Son Of NASCAR Owner
POSTED: 4:46 pm EDT October 24, 2004
UPDATED: 5:56 pm EDT October 24, 2004
The son of NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick was among 10 people killed Sunday when a small plane headed from Concord to Martinsville crashed in Patrick County in Virginia.
Ricky Hendrick, a former NASCAR driver, died in the incident. John Hendrick, Rick's brother, and Kimberly and Jennifer Hendrick, John's twin daughters, also died in the crash.
The plane, which belonged to Hendrick Motorsports, was en route to Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's Subway 500. Jimmie Johnson was driving the Hendrick car in the race and was the winner.
The plane reportedly lost contact with the Federal Aviation Administration at about 12:30. It crashed in the Blue Ridge Mountains about seven miles from Martinsville, Va., according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The names of the other people who died in the crash are: Dick Tracey, pilot, Liz Morrison, pilot, Joe Jackson, Jeff Turner, the VP and General Manager of Hendrick Motorsports, Randy Dorton and Scott Latham.
Rick Hendrick owns the teams of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers in the Nextel Cup Series. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said NASCAR learned of the plane's disappearance during the race but waited to tell the drivers until afterward.
We will have more on this story at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.