DJ AM Files Suit After Plane Crash

A celebrity disc jockey who survived a fiery Learjet crash in South Carolina, but not without sustaining personal injuries, has filed suit against several companies and the estates of the plane’s pilots.

Adam Goldstein, known by the stage name of DJ AM, filed his claim on December 23 alleging negligence and breach of contract in Los Angeles Superior Court. Goldstein and punk rock musician Travis Barker, who has also filed suit against the companies, were the lone survivors of the September 19 crash.

Barker filed suit on behalf of the family of Charles Still, his bodyguard, and the widow of Chris Baker, Barker’s assistant, also filed a lawsuit in December.

Goldstein and Barker both suffered serious burn injuries while escaping the plane. The pair performs together under the name TRVSDJAM.

Goldstein seeks unspecified damages for lost earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, among other damages. He has also filed suit against the estates of Sarah Lemmon and James Bland, the plane’s pilots.

The suit alleges that the owners and operators of the plane acting in a manner that was careless and negligent and that Goldstein was seriously harmed both physically and financially by the crash.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined by federal investigators.

According to aviation authorities, cockpit recordings indicate that the jet’s crew believed a tire had blown during takeoff. According to National Transportation Safety Board officials say pieces of tire were recovered nearly 2,8000 feet from where the plane began its takeoff down the 8,600-foot runway in Columbia, South Carolina.

The suit names Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Bombardier Inc., Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, and Inter Travel and Services Inc. as defendants.

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