Blown Tire Eyed in South Carolina Plane Crash
The Learjet crash on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina, which killed four people and seriously injured two popular musicians, may have been caused by a blown tire during takeoff according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Travis Barker, the drummer of pop-punk band Blink-182 and disc jockey, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein were injured, while two of their close friends, as well as the pilot and co-pilot were killed.
NTSB member Debbie Hersman states that the cockpit voice recorder indicates the crew reacting to a noise that sounds like a blown tire, and then vainly trying to abort takeoff. However, Hersman noted that the investigation is ongoing and that no single cause for the crash has been determined.
Barker and Goldstein, were in South Carolina playing a free show on Friday, September 19. The plane was due to fly to Van Nuys, California when it crashed later that night. The NTSB believes the blown tire may have occurred at a point on the runway giving the crew very little time to abort takeoff. The Learjet, reportedly shooting sparks as it flew down the runway, crashed through light towers and antennae, and then crossed a road and into an embankment where it burned. Witnesses who were driving on the road state Barker and Goldstein were ripping their burning clothes off and trying to extinguish the flames.
Doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in South Carolina say the two suffered second- and third-degree burns, but are expected to make a full recovery, which may take as long as a year.
Air travel is consistently the safest mode of travel. This includes small jets like the one that crashed. However, plane crashes are often catastrophic in nature, which few walk away from. Many of the problems associated with plane crashed can be attributed to mechanical or pilot error. Obviously the NTSB will have to investigate further to determine what the cause of the blown tire – if it was in fact a blown tire – was before rendering any detailed scenarios.
If you or a loved one has been in a plane crash you feel may have been caused by another party’s negligence, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area.