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Travis Barker Sues Plane and Tire Companies

11/22/2008 12:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Travis Barker is suing Bombardier Inc., Clay Lacy Aviation and Goodyear Tire and Rubber in connection with the plane crash that severely injured him and killed two of his friends.

The suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, was filed by Barker and the mother of Charles "Che" Still, Travis' bodyguard who died in the crash.

In the lawsuit, Travis and Thelma Martin Still claim "one or more of the tires failed leaving tire debris and portions of airplane components along the 8,600 foot runway" ultimately causing the Learjet to crash.

The suit alleges a "negligent attempt to abort the takeoff." The suit continues, "The pilot's decision was a breach of their duty owed to the passengers onboard and was a substantial factor in causing the crash and resultant injuries and deaths."

The suit also alleges the plane was "defective," as were component parts including the tires.

The suit goes on, "It's landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse thrust system, squat switches and component parts were not airworthy."

Barker is suing for "pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress and disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning."

UPDATE: A rep for Clay Lacy just told TMZ, "We are surprised about the lawsuit and concerned and knowledgeable about the accident. We are sympathetic for the victims but we want to emphasize we were not operating this airplane. This was not our airplane. We merely assisted the parties in chartering this aircraft with another company. We simply booked it for them."

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damn ur dumb    

To the morons b/tching because he is suing, shut the f/ck up please. It was a PLANE CRASH...not like he's suing because his coffee was too hot.

2107 days ago
17.

Jean    

I'm one that is not for some silly lawsuits, but in this case, Travis is right. After the investigation, it was said that the pilots should have taken off and not try to abort takeoff. By the time the pilots decided to abort takeoff, it was too late since the plane was already at takeoff speed. They made an error in aborting the takeoff. They should have taken off, then circle back and land. That would have been the best option.

Regarding the tires, this would put pressure on those tire companies to make sure those tires are strong enough during takeoff and landings.

2107 days ago
18.

Sherie    

Good. He should sue and so shoud the families of the deceased. This was a horrible accident. He does have pain and sufferring, they all do. I hope they win th suit. He could have been killed and almost was.

2107 days ago
19.

al    

Travis,your a DUMBASS PUNK!!!!!!!!!HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT CONDITION THE MECHANICAL PARTS WERE IN????????????DID YOU TAKE A SURVEY OF THE PLANE OR SOMETHING BEFORE YOU BOARDED???NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THEN SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2107 days ago
20.

Michelle    

its because of the stupid pilots decesion to try to take off when it was clear that there was smoke and the plane wasnt normal to take off....."no talent screech look alike" huh? i wonder what you do for a living you retard

Posted at 7:35PM on Nov 21st 2008 by charisma = retard






It wasn't the pilots stupid decision to take off because there was smoke. It was the pilots stupid decision to abort the take off. Planes can land with flat tires. They should have taken off, burned off the fuel, and landed with the blown tire. It would've been a bumpy landing but the odds of anyone dying would have been slim to none.

He has every right to sue. I'm sure alot of what he gets off this lawsuit will go to the families of the 2 people close to him he lost in this.

2107 days ago
21.

maggot    

I HEARD HIS JUNK GOT SO FRIED THAT THEY HAD TO REMOVE THE BOYS!!!

2107 days ago
22.

Denise Prewitt    

The saying always goes, "don't say anything unless you live through it".. Travis is very smart for filing this lawsuit.. the quicker the better. HE was the one who was undecisive about going on the plane for his friend, and his friend's wife giving birth... then looked what happened.. Love ya Travis, You are an awesome musician and will conitinue to grow. My brother was paralyzed from the neck down from a car accident we were both in, and me and the driver didn't have as similiar injuries... Travis was lucky, just like me, so take that you ungrateful americans..

2107 days ago
23.

Da Kush Master    

He should sue as should all of the familes of the people who lost there lives

but on a positive note im glad just to see Travis still doing his thing

2107 days ago
24.

bailouttheautoco.s    

My girlfriends dad was killed on a flight from Cincinatti to Dtroit in 1997.....it was horrible what was left. They sent her his clothes and his hair brush, a St. Christopher medal, his melted cell phone and the NTSB had an actual catalog of all the stuff that was found in the debris...chilling...what was terrible was there was an infant who ironically was on that plane that was from our Detroit area too. Have you ever seen burnt baby clothes, diapers, bottles etc....it was an image that haunts me to this day. My girlfriend got 1.5 million dollars...Big deal her daddy is still dead.He never got to meet her 3rd child.He won't see his oldest Grandson graduate in 09' I say the hell with them idiots who don't know how to maintain a plane. The part that was defective on that plane of my girlfriends dads plane was an 18 dollar part...nice huh?? I say go for it Travis!!

2107 days ago
25.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Cool.. then he can go back to being a nobody..

Who the F* is he?

Other than being somebody who survived a plane crash.. who is he?

2107 days ago
26.

bailouttheautoco.s    

Travis if you need a really good lawyer that specializes in plane crashes there is one in the Detroit area that is THE BEST...His name is Gary Shaden...check it out.

2107 days ago
27.

Denise Prewitt    

This will take like 5 minutes for the settlement... done deal... and give it to the families. Don't waste time in court..before the insurance company takes it spends it on other things... hint hint...

2107 days ago
28.

anthony    

they have everyright to file the lawsuit, ...........as for the person or company that arranged the booking of the flight, they can also be included in the lawsuit. bombardier can re-lease the booking agent but chances are they will not...... no words can bring back those who did not survive this accident............. lets try to be a little human to those who post negative comments.........................ignorance is not an excuse to post negative comments.

2107 days ago
29.

anthony    

AND LETS NOT FORGET THAT THE LEAR JET WAS A 2006 MODEL...........BRAND NEW ALMOST.........SO THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS ISSUES OF WHY THIS ACCIDENT HAPPENED..............AND NEED TO BE ADDRESSED

2107 days ago
30.

HOLLYWOOD STANDARD    

Something tells me the people talking bad about Travis on this topic and saying stuid disgusting things have already been cursed with a miserable life with no end in sight til its their time to leave this earth..SAD SAD SOULS.. Just ignore them..They are lost causes!!!

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