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Travis Barker Plane Crash Lawsuit Settles

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By Minara El-Rahman on December 10, 2009 9:08 AM

The Travis Barker plane crash lawsuit was recently settled. While the settlement amount is unknown, Travis Barker and the mother of his bodyguard (who died in the crash) have settled with the companies named in the lawsuit.

According to ABC News, the terms of the settlement are confidential. The lawsuit centered around a plane crash that occurred on Sept. 19, 2008. Travis Barker was on a private plane along with DJ AM (who was also known as Adam Goldstein) after playing a free concert in Columbia, South Carolina. The plane skidded off the runway, crossed a highway, and crashed after the pilots tried to abort the takeoff. The celebrities were the sole survivors of the crash. They both suffered from third degree burns from the crash.

Shortly after the crash, both celebrities sued Learjet, Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, Inter Travel & Services, Goodyear, and the estates of the two pilots killed in the crash.

However, DJ AM died from a tragic drug overdose before the lawsuit would make it to trial. DJ AM's mother Andrea Gross had included a wrongful death claim to the lawsuit on behalf of his estate. We wrote about this wrongful death claim here. His mother claimed that the medication that DJ AM took during his hospital stay as well as the mental toll the crash took on him were the reasons that DJ AM resumed his drug use after ten years of sobriety.

Travis Barker settled the lawsuit shortly after the National Transportation Safety Board completed its investigation into why the private plane failed to takeoff from an airport in Columbia, South Carolina. ABC News reports that NTSB discovered that the thrust reversers were not in the right position on the plane that crashed. As a result, the NTSB recommended that Learjet change the design of the thrust system in order to prevent such deadly crashes in the future.

Before the NTSB released the findings of its investigation, Learjet had responded to the lawsuit by stating: "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 lawsuit was slated to go to trial on March 2, 2010.

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