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NASCAR's Rick Hendrick breaks four ribs in plane incident

November 2, 2011 |  1:05 pm

NASCAR's Rick Hendrick broke four ribs and his clavicle when his team's business jet made a hard landing in Key West, Fla.
NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick broke four ribs and his clavicle when his team's business jet made a hard landing in Key West, Fla., Hendrick Motorsports said in an update Wednesday.

Hendrick, 62, was admitted to a medical facility near his home in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday "due to discomfort from the injuries" but was expected to be released by the end of the week, the team said.

Hendrick Motorsports, based in Concord, N.C., initially said Hendrick broke one rib and his clavicle when the Gulfstream G150 ran off the runway at Key West International Airport on Monday night due to unspecified "braking issues."

Hendrick's wife, Linda, sustained "minor cuts and bruises" in the incident, and the plane's two pilots were not injured, the team said. All four were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and later released.

"Linda and I have been overwhelmed by all the words of encouragement and genuine concern we've received," Hendrick said in a statement.

"I'm so proud of how our pilots handled the situation, and we're extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us," he said.

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Photo: Federal investigators Tuesday inspect the airplane that skidded off the runway at Key West (Fla.) International Airport on Monday night, injuring NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and his wife. Credit: Ron O'Neal / Key West Citizen / Associated Press

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