Under-inflated Tyres Led To Goldstein/barker Plane Crash
U.S. federal investigators have determined the 2008 plane crash which seriously injured TRAVIS BARKER and ADAM 'DJ AM' GOLDSTEIN was caused by dangerously under-inflated tyres.
Goldstein and the Blink-182 drummer were travelling back to Los Angeles from South Carolina on 19 September when the jet they were passengers on failed to clear a runway, crashed and burst into flames.
Reports indicate that as the plane sped down the runway, all four tyres exploded seconds apart, and pieces of the tyres, which hurled at high speeds, damaged the hydraulic system, causing the jet's brakes to fail before it was engulfed in the blaze. The plane's reverse thrusters, used to slow the aircraft, were also damaged.
On Tuesday (06Apr10), investigators warned The National Transportation Safety Board that dangerously under-inflated tyres on business jets many be a widespread problem.
Four people were killed in the 2008 tragedy, while Barker and Goldstein, who were the only survivors, both suffered second and third degree burns. Goldstein died a year later (Aug09) from a drug overdose.
Since the crash, survivors and the families who lost loved ones have reached financial settlements with bosses at Global Exec Aviation and ITAS Inc., the companies which owned and operated the jet.
Executives at the two organisations have also filed their own lawsuit against the plane's manufacturers - Learjet and Bombardier - claiming the private jet had "unreasonably dangerous defects", which allegedly caused the crash.