Saturday, September 20, 2008

Travis Barker & DJ A.M. Injured in Fatal Plane Crash

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A lear jet while attempting to take off at Columbia Metropolitan Airport crashed and several people have died. The airport is also currently shut down. An airport spokesperson says a lear jet--a small, private passenger plane--crashed just after take off a little before midnight Friday. At this time, it appears the plane was attempting to take off, ran off the runway, through a fence, and hit an embankment along Highway 302. The plane then caught fire, and airport emergency crews are working to put out the blaze. Six people were aboard the airplane. It's believed four people are dead, with the two known occupants (Travis Barker & DJ AM) were taken to the hospital. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told the associated press that air traffic controllers reported seeing sparks on the runway. Bergen says the Lear 60 was headed to Van Nuys, Calif. While emergency crews deal with the immediate aftermath, there are no departures or arrivals at the airport. Airport officials hope to have the airport up and running again by mid-morning. There are also roadblocks along 302, so drivers in the area should take alternative routes.
Very sad indeed. My heart definetely goes out to those families.

UPDATE: MSNBC reports that the female pilot, Sarah Lemmon, and the male co-pilot, James Bland, died in the crash. They also have confirmed that 29-year-old Chris Baker of Studio City, CA was one of the passengers who died in the crash. One male passenger still hasn't been identified.
The plane wreckage

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