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Apr 6, 2010 3:47 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Under-inflated tires led to Learjet crash

Federal safety investigators say under-inflated tires led to a Learjet crash 18 months ago that killed four people and seriously injured Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM.

Investigators also told the National Transportation Safety Board at a public meeting Tuesday that dangerously under-inflated tires on business jets many be a widespread problem. Barker and DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein, had just wrapped up a concert in Columbia, S.C., and were taking off from a local airport in their chartered jet with two of Barker's staff members and two pilots on Sept. 19, 2008.

As the plane hurtled down the runway at about 150 mph all four tires of the Learjet 60 exploded only seconds apart.

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