DJ AM has filed a negligence lawsuit against the aircraft manufacturers and the pilots he believes were responsible for the fatal Sept. 19 crash in which he and former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker sustained serious injuries. Barker has already filed a similar suit.
In papers filed Tuesday, DJ AM (real name: Adam Goldstein) contends that the jet's pilots, Sarah Lemmon, 31, and James Bland, 52, were "either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training." He claims the two were aware a tire had blown, but "rather than proceed to takeoff, they decided to abort and/or reject the takeoff in a negligent manner." The aborted takeoff caused the jet to overrun the runway into an embankment. Both Lemmon and Bland were killed.
DJ AM also puts blame on the jet's manufacturers, including Learjet, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and Clay Lacy Aviation, which said it was "not involved" following Barker's filing. The plane was "defective, not fit for its intended purposes and unreasonably dangerous," DJ AM's suit reads. The companies and the estates of Lemmon and Bland are listed as defendants.
Though he did not specify the amount in damages, DJ AM, who suffered second- and third-degree burns, wants compensation for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, property damage, and past and future medical-related expenses.
The 35-year-old's lawsuit is the third filed in the wake of the accident. In addition to Barker, family members of the other two deceased passengers, bodyguard Charles Still, 25, and Barker's assistant Chris Baker, 29, have also filed a lawsuit.