Barker and DJ AM, who is the ex-fiance of Hiltones Simple Life co-star Nicole Richie, were seen leaping from the inferno before frantically extinguishing the flames that engulfed them with their bare hands. Both Hilton and Richie are said to be 'in tears and in complete shock'.
Barker, 32, is said to have suffered terrible burns from the waist down, while DJ AM, real name Adam Goldstein, 35, has severe burns to his face. They both had emergency surgery unaware that the four other people on the plane had died. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Barker and DJ AM boarded the jet after performing together under the name TRVSDJ-AM at a free concert for 10,000 fans in Columbia.
It spun off the runway and came to rest on a busy main road just before midnight on September 19. "Air traffic controllers reported seeing sparks along its fuselage," the Daily Star quoted Bergen as saying.