Travis Barker Sues Over Plane Crash
November 24, 2008 at 5:01 AM (PT)
TRAVIS BARKER on FRIDAY sued companies linked to a plane that crashed in SOUTH CAROLINA, injuring him and killing two friends, reports FORBES. The former BLINK-182 drummer sued the plane's owners, GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER CO. and an airplane maintenance company, seeking more than $25,000 in damages.
BARKER's suit claims the companies improperly operated and maintained the Learjet that overshot a runway and burst into flames on SEPTEMBER 19th. The crash killed two pilots, BARKER's assistant, CHRIS BAKER, and BARKER's bodyguard, CHARLES MONROE STILL JR.
BARKER is seeking damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of earnings, and medical and legal expenses. Still's mother, THELMA MARTIN STILL, joined BARKER in the lawsuit and is suing the companies for damages including grief and sorrow, funeral expenses and loss of earnings.
The lawsuit alleges that the Learjet was "defective" and faults the plane's pilots, claiming they were improperly trained and should have tried to take off rather than continue down the runway. The jet was owned by GLOBAL EXEC AVIATION, a LONG BEACH, CA-based charter company.