Dale Earnhardt Jr. releases statement after plane crash

Earnhardt makes first public comments after plane crash	
				Images by Cantrall  LAT

Earnhardt makes first public comments after plane crash Images by Cantrall LAT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife were involved in a private jet crash in east Tennessee and escaped serious injury on August 15.

In a statement shared to his Twitter account, the retired NASCAR stock race auto driver states that he and his wife Amy wanted to "thank everyone who has lifted us up" since their terrifying ordeal took place on Thursday.

"Amy and I want to thank everyone who has lifted us up with phone calls, messages and prayer since last Thursday".

"We were able to obtain surveillance footage from buildings around the area that include footage of the accident happening".

Earnhardt was traveling to Bristol Motor Speedway when the plane experienced what was described as a "firm" landing at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., went through a fence and burst into flame. In his statement, Earnhardt expressed gratitude for having been extended privacy as he and the family process the event privately. "It has been important to do that together and on our own time", he concluded.

According to the FAA, the plane rolled off the end of a runway after landing.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected this week. No one was killed in the crash and there were no serious injuries.

Earnhardt, son of the late racing legend Dale Earnhardt, is a NASCAR analyst for NBC.

Later, a rep told PEOPLE that Dale was discharged from the hospital on Friday and that "he and his family are doing well". Both pilots as well as the Earnhardt family have already spoken to investigators.