Blown Tire May Have Caused DJ AM Plane Crash
Posted on Mon Sep 22, 2008 08:17 AM PDT

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LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say a blown tire may have lead to the crash of a Learjet that critically injured DJ AM and Travis Barker, according to CNN.

The Learjet 60 crashed late Friday night in Columbia, South Carolina killing 4 people.
NTSB member Debbie Hersman says the doomed flight's cockpit voice recorder indicates the crew believed a tire blew and tried to abort the takeoff.

"The crew reacted to a sound that was consistent with a tire blowout," Hersman said.

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM remained in critical but stable condition. Doctors say they expected them to fully recover.

Barker's assistant and his body guard, as well as the plane's pilot and co-pilot were killed when it shot off the end of the runway, tore through a fence and crossed a highway. It came to rest on an embankment a quarter-mile from the end of the runway, engulfed in flames.

NTSB investigators say they want to speak with Barker and Goldstein to hear what they witnessed during the crash and how they survived. Rescuers say they discovered the musicians near the fiery wreck as they frantically tried to douse their burning clothes.

Hersman said officials will give the men more time to recuperate. "They're the ones that are going to be able to give us the best firsthand knowledge," she said.

Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, said the two suffered second- and third-degree burns but had no other injuries from the crash and are in overall good health.

"Anybody who can survive a plane crash is pretty lucky," Mullins told reporters during a news conference Sunday morning.

Barker was burned on his torso and lower body and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was burned on an arm and a portion of his scalp, according to a statement from the musicians' families.

Barker and DJ AM, who performed together under the name TRVSDJ-AM, were in South Carolina for a free performance with Gavin DeGraw and Perry Farrell.

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