News: Learjet Responds To Travis Barker's Plane Crash Lawsuit, Company Denies Responsibility

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 9:17AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Responding to former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker's plane crash lawsuit from last year, aircraft creator Learjet points the finger elsewhere.

The company has placed September's fatal accident as the deceased pilots' doing.

"Learjet alleges that any and all conditions [of the aircraft], if any there were, were solely a result of the failure to properly maintain and service the aircraft," the company says in court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. (E! Online)

Despite the response, an explanation behind who is at fault will likely take an extended amount of time.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash said "It is far too early to say who or what is to blame for the crash," adding that investigations can take more than a year. "Learjet's lawyers get paid by the hour to regurgitate stock paragraphs from word processing programs in every case they're involved in," said Barker's lawyer Walter J. Lack. "This case is no exception." (People)

Barker filed a lawsuit against the company late last year.

Travis Barker has filed a $25,000 negligence lawsuit against the companies responsible for his September jet crash. He filed the suit last Friday (November 21) blaming Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation Inc and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for damages including personal injury and the wrongful deaths of four other passengers aboard the jet, two of whom not only worked for the Barker but were also close friends. (SOHH)

Both Barker and DJ AM survived the plane crash, however, they suffered serious injuries.

They were taken to a burn center in Augusta, Georgia following the accident when their flight crashed while taking off from Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina. Despite the seriousness of the injuries, including second and third degree burns, both men are expected to make full recoveries. (SOHH)

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