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Report: All 10 on NASCAR team plane die in crash

Hendrick Motorsports aircraft was en route to race in Virginia


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(CNN) -- All 10 people aboard a twin-engine plane owned by stock car racing team Hendrick Motorsports were killed Sunday when the plane crashed outside Martinsville, Virginia, according to a nearby funeral home.

The plane left Concord, North Carolina, about 12:30 p.m. bound for Martinsville, where NASCAR's Subway 500 was being run, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Murray said.

The Beech 200 went down in rough terrain in the Blue Ridge Mountains about seven miles west of Martinsville, Highway Patrol spokesman Paul Knipple said.

Hendrick driver Jimmie Johnson won the race Sunday afternoon but skipped his appearance at Victory Lane, NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter told reporters.

Hendrick also owns cars driven by Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte.

"We don't have a lot of details at the moment, but we're going to say an extra prayer for everyone in the Hendrick organization at this time," Hunter said.

He said the racing crew was not told about the crash until after the race.

The FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and Virginia authorities were investigating the crash, Hunter said.

Harry Litten, manager of Moody Funeral Service in nearby Stuart, Virginia, said the bodies were still at the site, where investigators were working.


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