Following the September 19 Learjet crash that critically injured musicians Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM), more details are emerging about the wreck’s possible causes.
Though National Transportation Safety Board officials have not determined the exact cause of the crash, spokeswoman Debbie Hersman said that cockpit recordings are providing insight into the moments before the crash. “The crew reacted to a sound consistent with a tire blowout,” she explained in a statement to the press. “The crew attempted to reject the takeoff, but they were unable to stop the aircraft before it departed the runway.”
Barker, drummer for punk-pop band Blink 182, and Goldstein were on the plane, which was taking off from Columbia, SC, after a performance on the previous day. According to Associated Press reports, the crash killed Chris Baker, 29, and Charles Still, 25, who were both close friends of Barker. Pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, and co-pilot James Bland, 52, were also killed in the crash.
Published reports state that Barker and Goldstein were transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, GA, where they were listed in critical but stable condition.
“Both Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) are currently being treated for second- and third-degree burns,” both men’s families said in a joint statement released over the weekend. “Barker suffered from burns on his torso and lower body, and Goldstein suffered from burns on his arm and a portion of his head.”
Previous statements from the family and the medical center reported that both men are expected to make a full recovery. However, the center recently placed an advisory on its Web site: “At the request of the Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein families, all ‘future updates will come from their representation when they are ready to address them.'”
Famous Stars and Straps, a clothing line founded by Barker, has announced the establishment of memorial funds for Still and Baker on its Web site. The fund will benefit the men’s families.
Last Updated on September 24, 2008
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