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International Speedway's France Kennedy Not on Board Fatal Crash


Bruce Kennedy, the husband of International Speedway official Lesa France Kennedy, was killed Tuesday morning in a plane crash in Sanford, Fla.

France Kennedy, the daughter of the late Nascar Chairman Bill France, was not on board the fatal crash as reported earlier by an NBC affiliate in Orlando.

The plane, a Cessna 310 registered to Competitor Liaison Bureau, crashed at about 8:40 am New York time Tuesday.

CNBC's Darren Rovell reported that there were two people on board, both of whom were killed: Bruce Kennedy, who was piloting the plane, and Michael Klemm, a senior captain with NASCAR Aviation.  Rovell cited an internal memo from the raceway operator.

France Kennedy is the president of International Speedway . She also is the vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR.

According to media reports, the plane crashed in a residential neighborhood while trying to make an emergency landing. At least five people were killed including Bruce Kennedy and Klemm, plus three others who were seriously burned. Three of victims killed in the crash were believed to have been inside or near two homes that were burned by crash.