More news about this unfortunate incident.
People.com is reporting that a blown tire may be to blame for the crash.
Debbie Hersman, board member of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. said, “The cockpit voice recorder went on for two hours, but the last 18 minutes were most pertinent, because those words proved that it was a tire blowout that [may have] caused the crash killing four people.”
According to the Air Traffic Control tapes, the control towers said that they gave the crew clearance to depart, as well as the wind speeds. The tapes also included sounds of the crew saying they saw sparks and heard the crew on the plane explaining that they were going off of the runway.
Just 100 ft. past the end of the runway, the jet came to a final rest.
“We are doing a lot more investigating because, while it is not uncommon to blow a tire, it is rare for something like that to end in a fatal accident,” says Hersman. “Reasons could be anything from inflation levels, materials, punctures, design, etc. So we are doing everything in our power to learn what transpired and make recommendations so nothing like this ever happens again.”
UPDATE #9: E! Online has learned that Mandy Moore has rushed to DJ AM’s bedside. Her rep confirmed that the singer/actress did indeed fly to Columbia, South Carolina to be with her ex-boyfriend, who is in a hospital in nearby Augusta, Georgia.
He and Mandy started a relationship back in December 2006, but amicably split three months later. The duo have remained close friends ever since.
Mandy isn’t the only celebrity to head down south. Producer Jermaine Dupri was spotted at the hospital today as well.