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Travis Barker and DJ AM Critically Injured in Plane Crash

September 20, 2008 12:22 PM ET

Former blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, 32, and celebrity DJ Adam "AM" Goldstein, 35, suffered extensive burns after the plane they were traveling in crashed during takeoff from a South Carolina airport Friday night (September 19th) at 11:53 p.m. The Learjet 60 — a twin-engine, private plane that was heading to California — overran the end of the runway, plowed through a fence and continued onto a road, causing a significant fire. The four other passengers were killed, including the pilot and co-pilot. According to MTV News, the other two casualties include Barker's assistant, 29-year-old Chris "Little Chris" Baker, and his security guard, 25-year-old Charles Still. Barker and DJ AM escaped the blaze and are currently being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. The pair had just performed at at a free T-Mobile-sponsored show at Columbia's Five Points shopping district with Perry Farrell and Gavin DeGraw; they recently teamed up as part of the house band at MTV's VMAs.

UPDATE: According to the doctor attending Barker and AM, both received second and third degree burns but are expected to make a full recovery. Remarkably, they did not sustain any other injuries in the crash.

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