Sun, Dec 28, 2008
Crew Tried To Abort Takeoff At Close To V1
The second survivor of
the September 19 crash of a chartered Learjet 60 at South
Carolina's Columbia Metropolitan Airport has filed
suit in the aftermath of the accident.
Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, filed suit last week against Global
Exec Aviation, Clay Lacy Aviation, Inter Travel, Goodyear Tire and
Rubber Company, Bombardier and the estates of the two pilots killed
in the crash, the Associated Press reported.
former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker -- the
only other survivor of the accident -- as well as Thelma Martin
Still, the mother of Barker's former bodyguard Charles Monroe Still
Jr., and the widow of Barker's assistant, Chris Baker, in legal
action stemming from the crash, the New York Times reports.
As ANN reported, investigators believe the
plane's crew was attempting to abort the takeoff due to a suspected
blown tire when it careened off the end of a runway, killing four
of the six persons on board.
National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman told
the Associated Press a cockpit voice recording indicates, "The crew
reacted to a sound that was consistent with a tire blowout." She
added pieces of tire were recovered about 2,800 feet from where the
plane started its takeoff run on the 8,600-foot runway.
It has been determined that the plane was traveling at or above
its minimum takeoff speed when the crew thought the tire burst.
Investigators are attempting to gain insight into why the pilots
may have decided aborting the takeoff was preferable to rotating
and getting airborne.
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