Pilot's Warning Heard In Deadly Crash

Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people. former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and popular disc jockey DJ AM were critically injured WLTX

The pilot of a private jet warned air traffic controllers that his plane was "going off the end" of a runway before it crashed, killing him and three others and injuring celebrity DJ AM and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

His words are the last captured on newly released cockpit recordings from the Sept. 19 crash, which severely burned Barker and DJ AM, a celebrity disc jockey whose real name is Adam Goldstein. Both are expected to recover.

Controllers at the Columbia, S.C., airport can also be heard on the eerie recordings scrambling to divert other planes and summon emergency personnel after the jet shot off the runway, ripped through a fence and came to rest in flames.

Those killed included the two pilots and two of the musicians' close friends.

"Roll the equipment, we're going off the end," co-pilot James Bland says on the recordings, released Tuesday.

"We've had an emergency, just fly straight ahead," a controller tells another pilot, who changed course to land at another local airport. Flying over the blaze, the pilot reported back to the tower: "We see it down there. It doesn't look good."

Barker and Goldstein had performed together under the name TRVSDJ-AM at a free concert in Columbia the night of the crash. The jet, which was headed for Van Nuys, California, is owned by Global Exec Aviation, a California-based charter company, and was certified to operate last year.

Company officials have said they are cooperating with the investigation into the crash.

By Meg Kinnard
  • CBSNews

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