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Travis Barker Blames Pilots, Equipment for Plane Crash

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Travis Barker Blames Pilots, Equipment for Plane Crash

By Mike Fleeman
Originally posted Friday November 21, 2008 08:00 PM EST


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Travis Barker has filed a lawsuit blaming the pilots and defective equipment for a plane crash that severely injured the rocker and DJ AM and killed four others.

The L.A. Superior Court lawsuit, also filed Friday by the mother of Barker's bodyguard, Charles "Che" Still, who died in the crash, alleges the pilots "negligently decided to abort" the takeoff when the Learjet's tires failed in September at an airport in Columbia, S.C.

"The pilots were either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training," the suit says. "The pilots' 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."

Pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, and co-pilot James Bland, 52, were killed in the crash, as were Barker's assistant Chris Baker, 29, and Still, 25.

The lawsuit also alleges that one or more of the tires failed, "leaving tire debris and portions of airplane components along the 8,600-foot runaway" and that the plane's landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse thrust system, and squat switches "were not airworthy."

Barker, who is recovering from severe burns, is claiming the crash caused him pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of earnings capacity and medical expenses.

Federal aviation officials are focusing on bare tires and debris on the runway as the causes of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board says the wheels had very little rubber remaining and its brakes were severely damaged.

The lawsuit names as defendants Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Executive Aviation, Inter Travel and Services, Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Bombardier Inc.
 

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Way to go Barker you are a class act.
 

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Idiots!! Atleast wait until the final report comes out about the crash, instead of making accusations that can't be proven yet.
 

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Well, that is their right. They don't need to wait, don't have to wait. They just need enough evidence.

Now, if the defendants are declared liable by a jury, are they still idiots?

Of course, there's no way that pilots make errors.
 

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Well, that is their right. They don't need to wait, don't have to wait. They just need enough evidence.

Now, if the defendants are declared liable by a jury, are they still idiots?

Of course, there's no way that pilots make errors.

Agreed.

As much as I HATE people in this country who just get "sue" happy, lawsuits do have their place. Any of you guys here would have a team of lawyers assembled if your mother, father, daughter, son, etc were killed on that plane. Tell me differently and you're a liar. However, them suing Goodyear and Bombardier is a joke, but to sue the pilot(s) who made the bad decision and the company(s) who employed them is perfectly legit. Even suing the companies is a stretch, they're not in the cockpit making decisions and they send their pilots to school to learn proper procedures. But you know Americans, "Sue Everybody." If it turns out, from the official report, that they made a bad decision to abort at that speed, ((which it will)), they will settle out of court with whoever they choose to sue. Except Goodyear and Bombardier, they did nothing wrong. If I was on that jury I would vote that they don't get a red cent from those two companies. If they think Goodyear and Bombardier are to partially blame for an accident, they should never step on a Bombardier plane or a plane that uses Goodyear products. Its after an accident when people claim products are to blame, but they use them for decades before the accident. To sue a person for negligence is much more appropriate.

You can bet your azz that the lawyers already have statements from whichever sim schools they attended and were told that they should have continued the take-off into the air. If the lawyers are real good they also have a few expert aviation witnesses that have told them the same thing. Done deal, the lawsuit was filed.

Its been long enough to figure out that the captain made a bad decision to abort when she did. People are dead and a couple are disfigured for life because of her bad decision.

Just because we're a bunch of pilots here should not automatically mean because the dead people and the disfigured people "are not" pilots, that they are the idiots. There are hundreds of incompetent, idiot pilots flying out there every day. Why is everyone so fast to just simply back pilots when an accident happens? Pilot error is what, the cause of 85% of accidents? Call it like it is. Doing anything else is BS and doesn't help the future of aviation.

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Well, that's just it. Let's cut to the chase here; looks like the PF really fukced up here. That is what it is. She fukced up. NTSB has said the tired burst at calculated V1. The figure is computed for a reason. If it blew at V1, then in the 60, you're well past V1 when you realize it blew. To simply ignore that data, and assume you can stop the airplane gets you what they got. 1/2 the tires on that overpowered tube can blow, and the 60 will still takeoff, no problem. Why Bombardier and Goodyear are named is no surprise. They have deep pockets. Clearly they had nothing to do with this, but they'll have to put up with this as well. I hope that portion of the suit is dismissed.
Well, that is their right. They don't need to wait, don't have to wait. They just need enough evidence.

Now, if the defendants are declared liable by a jury, are they still idiots?

Of course, there's no way that pilots make errors.
 

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Well, that is their right. They don't need to wait, don't have to wait. They just need enough evidence.

Now, if the defendants are declared liable by a jury, are they still idiots?

Of course, there's no way that pilots make errors.


Of course it's their right, never said it wasn't. If the defendants are declared liable by a jury without the final facts, then the jury should join the idiot pool too. Look, I believe he should get some money, just find out who to sue first before naming everyone in the lawsuit, that's all!!
 

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It's not entirely unlikely that he doesn't even know who's being named in the lawsuit. It may be his lawyer sending out the papers in a shotgun blast to find out what he'll hit.
 

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Of course he/his atty filed a lawsuit. 99% would after what transpired. What did you expect. No surprise the two manufacturers are being included. Litigation goes after the deep pockets. Shoot for the moon and land on the stars. They need to build a case and the more involved the better chance at it's legitimacy.
 

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Also, having Goodyear and Bombardier involved means that their (GY / Bmbdr) attorneys have to produce documents (discovery phase) and in the end will help the case as they provide documentation that the crew fked up. This wil be based upon the technical guidelines set forth by the respective manufacturer. Even if it absolves GY and Bombard, it builds momentum against the crew and their company.
 

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Of course it's their right, never said it wasn't. If the defendants are declared liable by a jury without the final facts, then the jury should join the idiot pool too. Look, I believe he should get some money, just find out who to sue first before naming everyone in the lawsuit, that's all!!

Filing the lawsuit is just the first step. No lawyer would set a date for trial without having the FAA/NTSB's full reports first. Those reports are what the jury will be using in their decisions, for the most part. But since he already named the charter companies they already have very high expectations that the crew will be placed at fault, since they were flying on behalf of those charter companies. They insure the pilots, so those insurance companies will have to pay up.

If the crew was completely ruled out as the cause....Goodyear and Bombardier certainly aren't at fault. Can't hold Goodyear liable for a tire blowing because how can anyone say the tire was defective? Bombardier can't be held liable because they just build planes, not tires, they did nothing wrong? If the crew didn't write-up any problems the last time they flew it regarding the brakes, the steering, reversers, etc., then the plane was just fine and operating properly.

They will have expert witness after expert witness take the stand, and one after the other they will tell the jury that the pilot should have continued the take-off. You would too if you were on the stand, and everyone else here.

The "sue everybody" thing needs to be stopped. All the survivors are entitled to are monetary awards from the charter companies insurance company or maybe a workmans compensation settlement.
 

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Filing the lawsuit is just the first step. No lawyer would set a date for trial without having the FAA/NTSB's full reports first. Those reports are what the jury will be using in their decisions, for the most part. But since he already named the charter companies they already have very high expectations that the crew will be placed at fault, since they were flying on behalf of those charter companies. They insure the pilots, so those insurance companies will have to pay up.

If the crew was completely ruled out as the cause....Goodyear and Bombardier certainly aren't at fault. Can't hold Goodyear liable for a tire blowing because how can anyone say the tire was defective? Bombardier can't be held liable because they just build planes, not tires, they did nothing wrong? If the crew didn't write-up any problems the last time they flew it regarding the brakes, the steering, reversers, etc., then the plane was just fine and operating properly.

They will have expert witness after expert witness take the stand, and one after the other they will tell the jury that the pilot should have continued the take-off. You would too if you were on the stand, and everyone else here.

The "sue everybody" thing needs to be stopped. All the survivors are entitled to are monetary awards from the charter companies insurance company or maybe a workmans compensation settlement.

Well said!
 

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Also, having Goodyear and Bombardier involved means that their (GY / Bmbdr) attorneys have to produce documents (discovery phase) and in the end will help the case as they provide documentation that the crew fked up. This wil be based upon the technical guidelines set forth by the respective manufacturer. Even if it absolves GY and Bombard, it builds momentum against the crew and their company.

Thats true. Its like getting free research for the plaintiffs attorneys. I'm assuming the judge will dismiss any liable for GY and Bomb., shortly into the discovery phase.

I hope so anyway. Hell, why don't they also sue the airport authority, the city, the state and the FAA/DOT for not having a longer runway or an arresting device at the end of the runway. The technology is there, the jury should award them millions, right?
 

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I hope so anyway. Hell, why don't they also sue the airport authority, the city, the state and the FAA/DOT for not having a longer runway or an arresting device at the end of the runway. The technology is there, the jury should award them millions, right?

God knows. I don't doubt that these entites have been named as well as the lady who served the captain her breakfast. They'll all quite possibly have to give testimony, enriching the plaintiffs case against the operator.

Cheap discovery, like you said. Everyone wants to pass the blame. The more involved, the more they corner the crew and charter company and isolate the blame.

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Perhaps we could use this tragedy to remind ourselves to think about the events for which we would abort a takeoff and to think about those things and only those things during the actual takeoff roll.
 

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Perhaps we could use this tragedy to remind ourselves to think about the events for which we would abort a takeoff and to think about those things and only those things during the actual takeoff roll.

I think about this accident right before every take-off I've done since the accident. I've also been talking about the accident with every pilot I know. Accidents are free experience. Gotta take advantage of them.
 

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First off, I have never sued anyone, ever.

Secondly, if my family was killed on that airplane, I'm sure I would do the same as Barker, with the exception of Goodyear. Bombardier should be sued for that rediculous FADEC/ thrust reverser design. I'm sure that it has caused many more incidents/accidents that we haven't heard about
 
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