Brett Flashnick/AP
Ken Lee
August 07, 2009 08:00 PM

The first sign of trouble was a mysterious clicking noise.

“What the [expletive] was that?” asks James Bland, 52, co-pilot of the Learjet carrying Travis Barker, DJ AM and others as the plane sped down the runway last year.

“I don’t know,” replies pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, according to a cockpit recording released Friday of the plane’s final moments.

Seconds later, one of the pilots slammed on the brakes. Bland says, “Shut ’em off” – it’s not clear what he wants shut down – and somebody asks, “What is going on here?”

Lemmon then utters an expletive just before one of the pilots radios to the control tower “Roll the [emergency] equipment, we’re going off the end.”

The Learjet then overshot the runway, crashed and burst into flames. Both pilots, Barker’s bodyguard as well as his assistant perished in the crash. Barker and DJ AM narrowly survived with severe burns.

Multiple lawsuits filed in the case are still pending, and the final determination of what caused the crash is still months away, investigators said.

Eerily, during an apparent routine safety check before takeoff, the two pilots discussed how to abort the flight in an emergency. Lemmon is heard saying, “We’ve got plenty of runway.”

Reporting by RENNIE DYBALL
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