In his first public statement since surviving a plane crash last week, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on Monday that his family is “truly blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries.”

After Thursday’s accident at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Earnhardt, his wife Amy and their 1-year-old daughter Isla were hospitalized and treated for minor injuries. The site of the crash was about 20 minutes from Johnson City.

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Two pilots and the family dog were also on the plane, registered to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team, JR Motorsports.

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