|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1979|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 2008|
Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City, Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles, pilot Sarah Lemmon 31 of Anaheim Hills, and copilot James Bland 52 of Carlsbad, Ca were killed in a fiery Learjet crash in South Carolina according to the Lexington County coroner.
Among others on the plane were Travis Barker Former Blink-182 drummer and Adam Goldstein known as celebrity DJ AM who were critically injured.
Baker, nicknamed "Little Chris," worked as a personal assistant to Barker and had appeared sometimes on MTV's "Meet the Barkers" the domestic-life reality show that aired in 2005 and 2006.
The Learjet, which was en route to Van Nuys, was taking off shortly before midnight Friday when air traffic controllers saw sparks. In what officials described as a "high-speed overrun" the jet veered off the end of the runway, through a grassy area, a perimeter fence and across a road, slammed into a berm and became engulfed in a "significant fire," said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.
A trail of black soot led off a runway, across a five-lane road next to the airport and up an embankment. The nose of the aircraft was gone and the roof was missing from two-thirds of the charred plane.
The plane is owned by Global Exec Aviation, a Long Beach-based charter company, and was certified to operate last year, an NTSB official said.
A 10-member investigative team from the NTSB, which expects to be onsite for up to a week, secured and removed the cockpit voice recorder and sent it to a lab in Washington, D.C., for evaluation. Because of the ferocity of the fire following the crash, investigators could not say whether the data were damaged, but will announce what the quality of the recording was as soon as it is known.
Air traffic controllers did not know if the Learjet had become airborne before the crash, which occurred in clear weather with light winds. The pilots had filed a flight plan from Columbia to Van Nuys with no fuel stops scheduled. As part of the investigation, the NTSB will be looking at the jet's maintenance records, the pilots' medical history and training and their activities going back to 72 hours before the crash.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles County
Plot: Bright Eternity, Lot 6537, Grave 1
Created by: cahaden
Record added: Sep 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29953688