DJ AM Sues Over Plane Crash

DJ joins Travis Barker in filing suit against multiple defendants.

[artist id="1562979"]DJ AM[/artist] (born Adam Goldstein) filed suit on Tuesday over the fiery plane crash that killed four people and [article id="1595303"]seriously injured him and Travis Barker[/article] in September. AM claimed in the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that as the private Lear jet reached takeoff speed, the pilots realized that one or more of the [article id="1595313"]tires had blown[/article] and that they aborted the takeoff, causing the plane to overrun the runway and crash into an embankment. Barker took similar [article id="1600065"]legal action last month[/article].

According to a copy of the suit obtained by TMZ, the filing contends that, "Rather than proceed to takeoff, they decided to abort and/or reject the takeoff in a negligent manner."

"The pilots were either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training," the suit alleges, according to another report on

The legal action also alleges that the plane was "defective, not fit for its intended purposes and unreasonably dangerous."

Due to the aborted take-off, the plane overshot the runway, crossed a highway and crashed and burst into flames, taking the lives of the pilot, Sarah Lemmon, and co-pilot, James Bland, as well as Barker's close friend and personal assistant, [article id="1595413"]"Lil" Chris Baker[/article] and bodyguard, Charles "Che" Still.

AM's suit names the estates of the two pilots, as well as Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, Inter Travel & Services Inc., Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Learjet. [article id="1601024"]Baker's widow has filed a lawsuit[/article] against a similar list of defendants.

According to TMZ, AM — who, like Barker, suffered severe burns in the incident — is suing for pain and suffering, lost earnings, property damage, past and future medical and health-related expenses, and punitive damages. Barker has filed a similar suit, as has the mother of Still, though neither of those actions named the pilots' estates as defendants.