Witness tells of Barker plane crash

A witness to the plane crash that killed four and critically injured former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM told today how he came upon the two survivors as they stripped off their burning clothes.

A witness to the plane crash that killed four and critically injured former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM told today how he came upon the two survivors as they stripped off their burning clothes.

William Owens said he was driving near Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina yesterday when a fireball shot across the road in front of him.

He said the two men thrown from the Learjet frantically tried to remove their burning clothes.

Barker and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, were in a critical, but stable condition at a burns centre in Augusta, Georgia, today.

By the time Mr Owens, 60, reached them, Barker had stripped naked and Goldstein had taken off his shirt. Mr Owens said the flames drove them away from the jet.

Barker and Goldstein had performed together under the name TRVSDJ-AM at a free concert in Columbia on Friday night.

Barker, 32, was one of the more colourful members of the multiplatinum-selling punk rock band Blink-182, whose biggest album was 1999's CD 'Enema of the State', which sold more than five million copies in the United States alone.

After Blink-182 disbanded in 2005, Barker went on to form the rock band (+44) - pronounced "plus forty-four".

He also starred in the MTV reality series 'Meet The Barkers' with former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, to whom he was married at the time. The show documented the former couple's lavish wedding and life. Their later split, reconciliation and subsequent break-up made them tabloid favourites.

Goldstein is a popular DJ for hire who at one time was engaged to Nicole Richie.

Barker and Goldstein performed as part of the house band at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month.

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