Federal aviation officials are saying the tires on the doomed Learjet that crashed last month in South Carolina shredded as the plane ran out of runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that very little rubber was left on the jet’s wheels and the brakes were severely damaged when the plane crashed on takeoff just before midnight Sept. 19.
The plane’s cockpit voice recorder has indicated that crew members thought a tire blew as they hurtled down the runway before failing to abort the takeoff.
Barker and DJ AM suffered severe burns in the crash. Both have been released from the hospital are expected to fully recover.