DJ AM Files Lawsuit in Fatal Learjet Crash

DJ AM Files Lawsuit in Fatal Learjet Crash
DJ AM
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updated 12/23/2008 at 10:00 PM EST

originally published 12/23/2008 10:00PM

DJ AM became the final passenger aboard a doomed Learjet to file a lawsuit blaming the pilots and faulty equipment for the fatal crash.

DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, alleges in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that the two pilots negligently aborted the takeoff Sept. 19 in South Carolina, causing the plane to overrun the runway and crash.

"The pilots were either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training," says the L.A. Superior Court lawsuit of pilots Sarah Lemmon, 31, and James Bland, 52, both killed in the crash.

The lawsuit also alleges the plane was "defective, not fit for its intended purposes and unreasonably dangerous."

Goldstein, 35, who suffered severe burns, claims pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and loss of earnings. Among the defendants are the charter company, Learjet, Goodyear tire and the estates of the pilots.

Barker, 32, who also was severely burned, and the mother of his bodyguard, Charles Still, 25, who was killed, both filed separate lawsuits using similar wording, though neither names the pilots' estates as defendants.

Also killed in the crash was Barker's friend Chris Baker, 29. His widow filed a lawsuit naming the pilots' estates among the defendants.

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