New Findings In Barker Crash

The two pilots of the Learjet that skidded off a runway, crashed and caught fire carrying former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, DJ AM and two others should have taken off instead of trying to stop the plane, according to aviation experts.

The plane’s cockpit voice recorder reportedly indicated that the pilots thought a tire had blown as the plane was traveling down the runway following a concert in Columbia, S.C., Sept. 20.

The Learjet was moving at about 156 mph, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said, and when the pilots attempted to abort the takeoff, the tires shredded as the plane ran out of runway.

The crash killed the pilots and two other passengers, and injured Barker and DJ AM. Both men have been released from the hospital after suffering severe burns.