Former 182 member sues over plane crash

September incident killed two

Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court over the deadly Learjet crash in September that seriously burned him and fellow musician DJ AM and killed his personal assistant and bodyguard.

Joining Barker in the lawsuit filed Friday is Thelma Martin Still, the mother of bodyguard Charles "Che" Monroe Still, Jr.

Barker and DJ AM, who's real name is Adam Goldstein, were the sole survivors in the Sept. 9 crash in Columbia, South Carolina, which also killed the pilots. The two are recovering from second- and third-degree burns.

The personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit names as defendants jet charter companies Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation and Inter Travel Services as well as Goodyear and plane maintenance company Bombadier Inc.

Barker and Still allege negligence against the charter companies after their pilots, Capt. Sarah Lemmon and First Officer James Bland, became aware of one of more of the Learjet's tires blowing out. The pilots "negligently" decided to abort the takeoff and were unable to stop the plane from stopping at the end of the runway, according to the lawsuit.

The plane overshot the runway and crashed across the highway, bursting into flames. Still and Barker's personal assistant, Chris Baker, died at the scene.

Barker and Still allege product defect against Bombadier and Goodyear.

The lawsuit comes just days after the Federal Aviation Administration released tapes of the crash, in which air-traffic controllers can be heard clearing the jet for takeoff to Van Nuys. Minutes later, one controller can be heard saying "We've had an emergency," and "You need to get out there. The aircraft is ... in flames, a fire, out on 302," referring to the highway.

Barker and Still seek unspecified damages.
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