Travis Barker and DJ AM ‘Critical But Stable’ After Fatal Plane Crash
Drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM were critically injured Friday in a plane crash in South Carolina that killed four of the six passengers. The private Learjet 60 was headed back to California when it crashed shortly after take-off. The aircraft veered off the runway, crashed into light towers and crossed a five-lane highway before bursting into flames on an embankment.
The two were rushed to the burn unit of a hospital in Augusta, Georgia. According to an eyewitness both Barker and DJ AM were on fire after escaping from the plane. They reportedly helped each other extinguish the blaze by removing their burning clothes.
As of Sunday, doctors announced the two were in “critical but stable condition.” Unfortunately both sustained burns on 50% of their bodies with DJ AM’s burns mostly on his face and Barker’s burns below the waist.
Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, said the private jet was cleared for takeoff for the flight from South Carolina to Van Nuys, California. Bergen went on to say that air traffic controller saw sparks coming from the plane shortly after the 11:53 p.m. flight.
Barker a former drummer for the band Blink-182 and DJ AM, born Adam Goldstein, have been performing under the group name TRVS-DJAM and were in South Carolina for a free concert.
Barker a long-time hip-hop collaborator has worked with artists like The Game, Paul Wall, Flo Rida and Soulja Boy. DJ AM — who was once engaged to Nicole Ritchie, daughter of Lionel Ritchie — is known for spinning celebrity parties and events like this year’s MTV Music Awards alongside Barker.