Another Lawsuit Filed in Travis Barker Plane Crash
Inter Travel & Services, Inc., the company that owned the ill-fated jet and the charter company, Global Exec Aviation, Inc., that managed its flights, are blaming the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Learjet and Goodyear Tire for the crash.
Inter Travel and Global are suing for at least $12 million for loss of the aircraft – which they say was less than two years old – and claim the accident hurt their business and damaged their reputation.
They argue that Learjet and Goodyear Tire did not properly maintain the jet and were "aware of prior incidents demonstrating potentially fatal, unreasonably dangerous defects in the design, manufacture and/or marketing of the Learjet ... yet failed to take appropriate steps to remedy such known defects."
The plaintiffs also accused the airport of failing to properly maintain its facilities and runways.
Lawyers involved were not immediately available for comment. But attorneys for the airport filed a response with the court, denying all accusations of negligence.
Both pilots of the plane, as well as Barker's assistant Chris Baker, 29, and bodyguard Charles Still, 25, perished in the crash. Barker, DJ AM, Still's mother and Baker's widow have all filed lawsuits against the various corporations they allege were responsible, while some are suing the estates of the pilots.
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, said it was far too early to determine who or what was to blame for the crash.