'It Wasn't Their Time': Rockers' Escape Still Amazes

Barker, Goldstein were on fire when they emerged from the plane
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2008 6:45 PM CDT
Travis Barker performs during the T-Mobile Boulevard block party in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Witnesses remain amazed that musician Travis Barker and DJ AM escaped with relatively light injuries from their burning Learjet. After sliding down the wing of the plane, Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ's real name) had to jump on each other to put out the flames, the S.C. State reports. Barker, ex-drummer for Blink-182, tried to reach a patch of grass across a 5-lane highway so he could roll, but Goldstein convinced him he didn’t have time. 

“The DJ comes over and must be screaming at him, ‘Get out of the clothes,' said a witness. "He’s standing there naked. I see all this tattoos.” In shock and in pain, the two "paced back and forth" worrying about the 4 others on board, said a police officer, but intense flames prevented a rescue. Barker and Goldstein have second- and third-degree burns. "For them to escape, it was God looking out for them," said the officer. "It wasn’t their time."