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DJ AM, Travis Barker plane crash

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Travis Barker is seeking a different kind of closure.

The former Blink-182 drummer has filed a negligence lawsuit against the owner and makers of what he claims was a "defective" Learjet that crashed Sept. 19, killing four and leaving Barker and Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein with severe burns.

Per court documents filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Barker's camp believes that "one or more of the tires failed leaving tire debris and portions of airplane components along the 8,600 foot runway" and the pilot made a "negligent attempt to abort the takeoff."

"The pilot's decision was a breach of their duty owed to the passengers onboard and was a substantial factor in causing the crash and resultant injuries and deaths," the suit continues.

Moreover, the jet's "landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse thrust system, squat switches and component parts were not airworthy."

Earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration released recordings from the fateful flight in which copilot James Bland, who also died in the crash, could be heard saying, "Roll the equipment; we're going off the end [of the runway]."

Learjet manufacturer Bombardier Inc., charter service Clay Lacy Aviation and Goodyear Tire and Rubber are named as defendants, all of whom, according to the complaint, are liable for Barker's "pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress and disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning."

Thelma Martin Still, the mother of security guard Charles Still, who died in the accident, is also party to the suit.

Barker and DJ AM had chartered the private flight to Los Angeles after playing a free show at the University of South Carolina. In addition to Still, Barker's assistant Chris Baker, pilot Sarah Lemmon and Bland, the copilot, were all killed.