Barker Blames Pilots, Tires for Plane Crash

Blink-182 drummer seeks $25K in suit for distress, lost earnings
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2008 3:55 PM CST
The pilots of the private jet warned air traffic controllers the plane was nearing the end of the runway, according to cockpit recordings released Tuesday Nov. 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
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(Newser) – Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker filed suit yesterday against companies linked to a plane crash he survived in September, People reports. The complaint, filed with the mother of a bodyguard who died in the crash, blames poor equipment and says "the pilots were either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training.”

The pair is seeking at least $25,000 in damages, E! reports. Their suit claims that companies including Goodyear Tire and Rubber are liable for Barker's "pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress and disfigurement." Says one attorney: “Anyone on that plane would have an extremely good case."