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Plane crash facts are emerging

September 23, 2008|From the Associated Press

The pilot and co-pilot killed in a Learjet crash in South Carolina on Friday died from smoke inhalation and burns, and two passengers were killed from the impact, officials said Monday.

Remarkably, former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM survived the Friday night crash with second- and third-degree burns. One of their doctors at a Georgia burn hospital said he expects them to fully recover.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said they have not determined what caused the crash. However, they said a cockpit voice recorder revealed that crew members thought a tire blew and tried to abort the takeoff but couldn't stop the plane.

The Learjet 60, en route to Van Nuys, shot off the end of the runway, ripped through a fence and crossed a highway before coming to rest, engulfed in flames. All six people aboard lived in the L.A. area.

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