The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the crash of the Lear jet in South Carolina late Saturday night — which killed four people and left Travis Barker and DJ AM burned and in critical condition — may have been caused by a tire blow out.
Goodyear, the tire’s manufacturer, has released a statement.
"We have been contacted by the [National Transportation Safety Board] and will cooperate fully with its investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this accident."
The Charlotte Observer reports that the cockpit recording revealed that the crew members piloting the plane thought they heard a tire blow as they hurtled down the runway and struggled to stop the plane, a federal safety official said Sunday.
National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman said a cockpit voice recording of the Friday night crash indicates the crew tried to abort the takeoff, but then signaled the efforts were failing.
"The crew reacted to a sound that was consistent with a tire blowout," Hersman told reporters.
Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) are still in a burn unit in Augusta, Ga. But the young men are expected to make full recoveries.