New info on celebrity plane crash

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">The wreckage of a Learjet that was carrying former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, and four others rests on an embankment along Highway 302, along the outskirts of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Columbia, S.C. Barker and Goldstein were critically injured; two other passengers and two crew members were killed. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Brett Flashnick&#41;</span></div>
August 7, 2009 8:44:12 AM PDT
The pilots of a Learjet that hurtled off a South Carolina runway heard a noise and warned controllers they were going to crash just seconds before the fiery accident that killed them and two others and injured two celebrities, according to transcripts released Friday. What appeared to be a routine departure from Columbia Metropolitan Airport just before midnight Sept. 19 quickly became a disaster as the Learjet 60 emitted a series of metal clicks that drew the attention of pilot Sarah Lemmon and her co-pilot, James Bland.

"What was that?" Bland asks.

"I don't know," Lemmon says. "We're not going though."

Moments later, using an expletive, Lemmon slams on the plane's brakes, in an attempt to avoid takeoff. "What is going on here?" one of the pilots asks.

Just seconds before impact, Bland tells air traffic control officials to prepare for a crash.

"Roll the equipment, we're going off the end," he says.

The plane shot off the end of the runway, ripped through a fence and crossed a highway before coming to rest in flames. Lemmon, Bland and two others were killed. Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, were injured.

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, Calif., was owned by Global Exec Aviation, a California-based charter company.

The NTSB has not released its final report on what caused the crash. But investigators have said there was little rubber left on the jet's wheels and the brakes were badly damaged.

Officials have said the plane was traveling at a speed of 156 mph just before the pilots tried to abort the takeoff.

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