The plane quickly bounced twice before catching more air and continuing down the runway outside of Elizabethton, Tenn., in the middle of August. Aboard was NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their young daughter Isla.The right main landing gear had collapsed and the Earnhardts, along with their family dog and two pilots, kept moving past the runway, onto an area of open grass, through a chain-link fence and up an embankment, before finally coming to a fiery stop on the edge of Tennessee Highway 91. He said getting into a race each year helps him in his role as a NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports, but he admits he misses racing and “it’s getting worse.” “It’s a healthy thing to miss it, to want to do it,” he said. “I think it helps me in the booth to have that energy as a fan. I think one’s plenty, probably one’s more than I should be doing. I got my wife and Isla and all that. I should devote as much as I can to them. One’s just perfect. I think it really helps me remember what drivers are thinking about.“I really look forward to getting some seat time and smelling the smells and hearing the noises and just enjoying being in the car.” “[It’s] something you will never be able to forget,” Earnhardt Jr. said at a press conference ahead of the Daytona 500.The passengers on board were able to escape the plane with minor injuries, but the emotional scars are still fresh.”It’s really tough on me getting back in the plane, and it will never be the same now that you know the real realities and dangers,” he said. “It will never, ever be the same again.“Something you will never be able to forget and never block out no matter how many flights you take. … For me to be able to get back in there and go and do and travel like I want, the only way I can do it is really was to get into the details.”MORE: NASCAR world reacts to Dale Earnhardt Jr, family plane crashThe Earnhardt family has made a living racing at high speeds in dangerous conditions. He can’t control everything, but after the August crash, Earnhardt said his perspective about flying has changed. He is going to try and control as much as he can.Earnhardt said he is trying to learn everything he can about jets, including the optimized lengths of runways for takeoffs and landings. He is also checking detailed weather reports days before stepping on a plane.“I’m diving into the deep end trying to learn everything I can about the plane’s ability and the decisions they make and why they make them,” he said. “It’s been extremely educational, as you could imagine.“I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time. It’s kind of empowered me and given me more confidence in what we’re doing and that we are safe and that I am going to be safe as opposed to … I don’t want to just quit flying; I don’t want to just quit getting into an airplane. I need to get over that fear and work hard to get through it.”Earnhardt has stepped away from full-time racing, but he remains close to the sport. He’s driven on the NASCAR circuit in each of the past two seasons. He’s scheduled to race at the Dixie Vodka 400 in Miami next month.MORE: Will this be Jimmie Johnson’s last Daytona 500?
The Government of France through its Embassy near Monrovia has reemphasized its willingness to continue assisting the Liberia National Police with the necessary trainings and equipment in the coming months, describing the performance of the Police as remarkable.France Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Joel Godeau, said the renewing of his government’s commitment comes as the result of the excellence performance of the Liberia National Police during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections and the police contributions to the ongoing fight against Ebola.The French envoy said the contributions of the police in these two national endeavors were remarkable, promising more support for the up-liftment of the LNP to meet future challenges.The government of France has been supportive in building the capacity of the Police Support Unit (PSU), and the Emergency Response Unite (ERU) of the Liberia National Police.He informed the Director of Police that his government was reviewing more possibilities to have officers of the Liberia National Police get training in France.Amb. Godeau, in his discussion Thursday with LNP Director Chris Massaquoi at the Police Headquarters, requested the beefing up of police presence at various French facilities in the country due to a recent terrorist attack that resulted in the death of an unspecified number of French citizens in their home country.He said such protection will discourage any future attack on French facilities in Liberia.In remarks the Director of the Liberia National Police expressed the police deepest condolence to the government and people of France for the terrorist attack against the French people.He said the Liberia National Police will continue to provide protection for all French citizens and other foreign nationals in the country.Director Massaquoi lauded the French government for the support they continue to render the police, especially the Police Support Unit and the Emergency Response Unit.The Liberian Police Chief said the police performance doing the just ended Senatorial elections was highly predicated on the level of professional training provided to the police by the French government and other foreign governments.The Director assured the French Envoy of the police administration’s willingness to continue the professionalization of the Liberia National Police for the betterment of the Liberian society and its partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more