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Hendrick plane stopped 820 feet from end of runway
The plane carrying Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda, crossed a 600-foot overrun, impacted the far side of a ditch, crossed a dirt road, cleared another ditch and came to a stop 820 feet from the departure end of the runway when the brakes failed Monday in Key West, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB preliminary report, released Thursday evening, said the Gulfstream G150, manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries, sustained “substantial damage” after it lost its brakes and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The flight originated in Stuart, Fla., at 7 p.m. and the accident happened at 7:40 p.m.

The report lists one injury as “serious” – Rick Hendrick suffered four broken ribs and a broken clavicle, according to the race team.

“The PIC [pilot in command] stated the airplane touched down on the runway just past the 1,000 foot marker,” the report said. “He applied brakes and was going to activate the thrust reversers when he realized the brakes were not operating. He took his feet off the brakes and then reapplied brakes with no braking response. The co-pilot also applied brakes with no response. The PIC activated the thrust reversers and the airplane continued off the end of the runway colliding with a gravel berm.”

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