Travis Barker & DJ AM Crash: Clicking Noises Before Plane Crash
Recently released transcripts have revealed the final moments of a deadly Learjet plane crash in which former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) were involved, in September 2008. The crash seems to have been immediately preceded by a series of clicking noises.
According to the transcripts, pilots James Bland and Sarah Lemmon discussed the take-off and went through emergency plans beforehand, saying they had "plenty of runway". As the plane sped up on the runway, clicking noises alerted the pilots that not all was well.
Then suddenly, after a series of ominous clicking noises, Bland asks copilot Lemmon, "What was that?"
Lemmon responds that she doesn't know. Moments later, she curses and hits the brakes.
"What is going on here?" one of them asks.
The pilots quickly realized things were going to get ugly...and fast.
"Roll the equipment, we're going off the end," Bland says, essentially alerting ambulances and fire trucks to the potential emergency.
Immediately after this conversation, the plane veered off the runway and burst into flames, killing Bland, Lemmon, assistant Chris Baker, and security guard Charles Still.
Barker and AM survived with severe burns, and Barker sued Global Exec Aviation, Bombardier Inc., and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for damages.