Coroner: Smoke, fire killed crew in SC jet crash

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina coroner says a pilot and co-pilot killed in a Learjet crash died from smoke inhalation and burns, and two passengers were killed by impact-related injuries.

Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman released the information Monday, about two days after the plane crashed while trying to take off at a Columbia, S.C., airport.

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM were critically injured in the Friday night crash but are expected to recover.

Pilot Sarah Lemmon and co-pilot James Bland were killed along with were Chris Baker and Charles Still, who worked for the musicians.

Federal officials said Sunday that the crew thought a tire blew and tried to abort the takeoff but couldn't stop the plane.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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