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Family Mourns Riverside Native Killed In Learjet Crash

Charles Still Was Musician's Bodygard

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     A federal safety official says the crew of a Learjet that crashed in South Carolina Friday night thought they'd blown a tire and tried to abort their take-off.

    Four people were killed in the crash. The two survivors -- former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey Adam Goldstein, working under the name DJ AM -- were badly burned. They remained in critical but stable condition on Monday morning, and one of their doctors said he expected them to fully recover.

    Barker and Goldstein had performed together under the name TRVSDJ-AM at a free concert in Columbia on Friday night.

    The show, which included performances by former Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell and singer Gavin DeGraw, drew 10,000 people into the streets of Five Points, the neighborhood near the University of South Carolina, Coble said.

    Charles Still, 25, Of Riverside

    he four people killed in the crash were identified as the pilot, Sarah Lemmon, of Anaheim; co-pilot James Bland, of Carlsbad; passenger Chris Baker, of Studio City; and Charles Still, of Riverside.

    Still, 25, was a security guard for Barker, the former drummer for Poway punk band Blink-182. Still had been a friend of Barker's since high school and sometimes worked as a bodyguard for the drummer at small shows.

    Family members talked to KNBC's Ted Chen and remembered Still as a sweet man who loved his mother and his family.

    Plane Was Headed For Van Nuys

    Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane carrying six people was departing shortly before midnight Friday when air traffic controllers reporting seeing sparks. The plane headed for Van Nuys, Calif., went off a runway, through a fence and crashed on a nearby road, officials said.
     
    At the crash site Saturday, the air was still heavy with the odor of jet fuel. 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.