Former Blink-182/Aquabats drummer Travis Barker and former Nicole Richie boyfriend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein were seriously injured in a jet crash that killed four people in South Carolina Friday night. Among the dead were 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. Baker was Travis’ assistant and Still was Travis’ security guard.
The Learjet crashed during takeoff. Air traffic controllers “saw sparks coming from the runway — whether that was from the aircraft or its engines, we don’t know.” Barker and Goldstein were seen running around the runway stripping off their clothes to put out the flames. They are in critical condition with extensive burns and are being treated at a burn center in Augusta, GA.
“They overran the end of runway 11. They impacted the antenna array and a number of lights at the end of the runway. They went through the perimeter fence and across the roadway here,” said NTSB spokeswoman Debbie Hersman, briefing reporters on Saturday. “There was a significant post-crash fire.”
I don’t want to make light of this situation, but if Travis ever wanted to get rid of a few of his tattoos, now would be a good time.