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article imagePlane Crash Critically Injures Former Drummer From Blink-182 And DJ AM

By Nikki Weingartner     Sep 20, 2008 in World
In South Carolina, a Learjet crashed when it went off the runway during takeoff. Of the passengers, four were killed. The two who survived were the musical duo made up of Blink-182's former drummer and DJ AM.
Tragedy strikes the music world in a crash that killed four of the six people on board, including two crew members and sends two members from a popular musical club duo to hospital in critical condition. Both Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) are in a burn unit in Georgia.
They had performed the night before at an event with former Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell and Gavin DeGraw.
According to the AP:
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the plane carrying six people was departing shortly before midnight Friday when air traffic controllers reporting seeing sparks. She says the plane went off the runway and crashed on a nearby road.
DJ AM, or more commonly known as Adam Goldstein, is a popular club disc jockey for the more "elite" clubs in the United States. He has scratched a vinyl or two for stars like Madonna, Pappa Roach and Will Smith. He was engaged to Nicole Richie but the couple never married. Before Nicole's baby was born, there was some speculation that DJ AM was the father instead of current boyfriend Joel Madden.
Travis Barker was the former drummer for the early 90s California punk band Blink-182 before the band split in 2005.
[UPDATE] CNN report provides some additional details on those who died in the crash.
Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said all the dead were Californians. He identified them as pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills; co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad; Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City; and Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles.
The Learjet 60 crashed at 11:35pm on Saturday night following a free outdoor concert in Columbia's Five Points district given by Barker and DJ AM, both of who suffered extensive burns and are in critical condition.
The plane apparently "overran the end of ruway 11", as stated by NTSB spokesperson Debbie Hersman. She also said that "There was a significant post-crash fire."
The plane was reportedly fairly new.
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