A settlement has been reached in one of a number of lawsuits stemming from the September 2008 crash of a Learjet 60 in which Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein was injured. According to Los Angeles County Superior Court papers, the widow of pilot James Bland, who died in the Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina Learjet 60 crash
The NTSB last month released a cockpit voice recorder transcript as part of its investigation into the Sept. 19, 2008, overrun crash of a Learjet 60 in Columbia, S.C., which killed two crewmembers and two passengers; two remaining passengers survived with severe burns. According to the NTSB, the Learjet’s pilots attempted to abort the takeoff after a high-speed tire burst.
Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, last month filed suit against Bombardier, Goodyear and other related parties for injuries and emotional trauma he sustained in a Learjet 60 crash on September 19 at the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport. The twinjet overran the runway on takeoff, killing the two crewmembers and two passengers while Goldstein and rock star Travis Barker survived but sustained severe burns.
Bombardier Learjet 60, West Columbia, S.C., Sept. 19, 2008–The pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed when the chartered Learjet 60 crashed on takeoff from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. A musician and a disc jockey survived with serious burns. The cockpit voice recorder revealed that the pilots thought a tire had blown and they were trying to abort the takeoff. All tires were found deflated after the accident.
At press time, the NTSB was finishing its on-scene investigation of a Learjet 60SE (N999LJ) fatal accident at Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport. The Learjet– owned by Inter Travel and Services and operated by Global Exec Aviation of Long Beach, Calif.– crashed just before midnight on September 19 after the twinjet overran Runway 11 while on takeoff for a flight to Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport.
NTSB investigators are still on scene at the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport, sorting through the wreckage of a chartered Learjet 60SE (N999LJ) that crashed just before midnight Friday after the twinjet overran Runway 11 while on takeoff for a flight to Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport.
Two business jet accidents within two weeks at Groton-New London Airport, Conn., have renewed safety concerns and allegations by local residents of a lack of response to noise complaints. On August 4 a Learjet 35 crashed while attempting to land at the Connecticut airport. The two pilots were killed and at least two homes were destroyed. On August 17, a Learjet 25 ran off the runway at Groton, following birdstrikes and an aborted takeoff.
LEARJET 25B, PITTSBURGH, PA., NOV. 22, 2001–On Thanksgiving Day a business jet owned by Universal Jet Aviation crashed while on takeoff. The two pilots on board were headed home to Florida’s Boca Raton Airport (BCT) in clear skies and good visibility. Airborne for mere moments, the Learjet ran off the left side of Runway 28L and burst into flames, killing both pilots.
Learjet 24, Guadalajara, Mexico, Jan. 9, 2007–The two pilots of an Ameristar Jet Charter Learjet were killed when it crashed in hills 15 miles from Miguel Hidalgo Airport. The airplane was destroyed in the crash and fire. The NTSB, Bombardier and GE, the engine manufacturer, are investigating the crash, the third fatal accident for Dallas-based Ameristar in the last six years.
Investigation has started into a June 2 accident involving Learjet 35 N182K, which crashed in Baker Cove a few hundreds yards short of the runway while trying to land at Groton-New London Airport, Conn. The accident killed the two pilots–Robert Janule and Michael Kiser–but the three passengers escaped with only minor injuries.
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