NASCAR's Roush involved in crash landing at Airventure Oshkosh

A Beechcraft Premier shortly before crash landing at Airventure.


Dust and wreckage following impact.

A Beechcraft Premier Jet broke apart after landing hard Tuesday evening at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc.

The incident, which occurred around 6 p.m. Central Time, took place during the annual EAA Airventure event that draws tens of thousands daily to the airport each summer.

During the festival where pilots travel to daily and air shows highlight the afternoons, the field’s aircraft control tower is considered the busiest in the world.

Witnesses said the Premier Jet appeared to overextend the runway centerline while turning base on its final approach. It then appeared to overcorrect and apparently spun out of control before breaking in two, several witnesses said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the official cause of the incident.

A statement from the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) said two occupants were on board, Jack Roush of Northville, Mich., and Brenda Strickland of Plymouth, Mich.

Roush is CEO and co-owner NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing. A Beechcraft Premier registered to the company is located in the FAA aircraft database.

Rescue crews transported both occupants to local hospitals, an EAA statement said, with Roush reportedly being in serious-but-stable condition Tuesday night and Strickland suffering non-life-threatening injuries.