Saturday, November 22, 2008

Travis Barker Suing Plane and Tire Companies

Travis Barker is suing Bombardier Inc., Clay Lacy Aviation and Goodyear Tire and Rubber for negligence in the September plane crash that injured both him and DJ AM and killed four others. The suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, was filed by Barker and the mother of Charles "Che" Still, Travis' bodyguard who died in the crash. In the lawsuit, Travis and Thelma Martin Still claim "one or more of the tires failed leaving tire debris and portions of airplane components along the 8,600 foot runway" ultimately causing the Learjet to crash. The suit alleges a "negligent attempt to abort the takeoff." The suit continues, "The pilot's decision was a breach of their duty owed to the passengers onboard and was a substantial factor in causing the crash and resultant injuries and deaths." The suit also claims that the plane was "defective," as were component parts including the tires. It also states that "It's landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse thrust system, squat switches and component parts were not airworthy." Barker is suing for "pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress and disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning." A rep for Clay Lacy responded, telling TMZ, "We are surprised about the lawsuit and concerned and knowledgeable about the accident. We are sympathetic for the victims but we want to emphasize we were not operating this airplane. This was not our airplane. We merely assisted the parties in chartering this aircraft with another company. We simply booked it for them."
Perhaps what I find most disturbing about this lawsuit is that the pilot is called out, saying that he basically did not act with the passengers in mind. There just seems something wrong with saying someone who died on that flight trying to correct the situation is to blame. His chances of survival was the same as everyone elses, so it seems to me it would serve in his best interrest to try and correct the situation, not act dangerously. Also curious is the fact that DJ AM is conspicuously missing from this lawsuit. I'm not even going to speculate as to why that is. I'll just say that the whole situation is sad and tragic, as it always is when family members, friends and lovers are lost. My heart definetely goes out to all the people involved.


Johnny Cakes said...

I read this story on Saturday, and wanted to vomit. First, let us put aside the fact that I never wish ill on anyone--I feel bad this fellow was in a terrible plane accident. But, just because Blink 182 no longer generates sustainable revenue, and (there is?) a looming child and spousal support payment(s), please do not tie up the legal system in frivolous lawsuits.


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