Former Blink 182 band member Travis Barker is suing the maker of the plane and the maker of the tires — Bombardier Inc. and Goodyear Tire and Rubber — in connection with the Sept. 19 crash that injured him and killed two of his friends.
According to TMZ, the suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court today, was filed by Barker and the mother of Travis’ bodyguard, Charles "Che" Still, who died in the crash.
In the lawsuit, Travis and Thelma Martin Still claim "one or more of the tires failed” causing the Learjet to crash.
The suit also alleges a negligent attempt to abort takeoff, adding that the pilot’s decision was a breach of their duty owed to the passengers onboard and a factor in causing the crash.
The suit also alleges the plane was "defective," as were component parts.
The suit goes on to say that the landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse thrust system, squat switches and component parts were "not airworthy."
Barker is claiming the crash caused him "pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress, disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning."
No kidding! You go, Travis. We hope he wins big time!
For the record: A previous version of this post, based off TMZ’s report, claimed Barker was also suing Clay Lacy Aviation. TMZ has since corrected their original story. A rep for Clay Lacy tells 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."