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2 musicians survive plane crash that kills 4 others

Travis Barker, former drummer for Blink 182, and Adam Goldstein, known as DJ AM, survived a plane crash late Friday night in South Carolina that killed 4. Both musicians sustained serious injuries, while the pilot, co-pilot, and two other passengers died as a result of the crash.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “The jet veered off the end of the runway, plowed through a perimeter fence and then crossed a roadway before slamming into a berm, where it became engulfed in a ‘significant fire,’ said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.?

The artists, performing together as TRVSDJ-AM, had been in South Carolina to give a free concert in Columbia. An AP release used in the New York Times clarified that the small plane was a Learjet “that crashed on takeoff at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.?

The Los Angeles Times goes into significant detail as to the names and lives of the victims of the crash. “The fiery crash… killed Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City and Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles, both members of Barker's entourage. Also killed were pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills and co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad, Calif., according to the Lexington County coroner's office.?

Both Barker and Goldstein are LA natives, which explains the depth of the coverage given to the crash by the LA based newspaper.

Not all news sources considered the names of the victims to be the most integral part of the story. Israeli news service Haaretz focused on Goldstein because of his Jewish heritage. The story briefly described the crash then included information on Goldstein’s life. “Goldstein, a Philadelphia native, has built a devoted following internationally, and is a fixture on the L.A. club scene. He also became a gossip column fixture during the two years he dated celebrity heiress Nicole Richie.?

This is not the most pressing aspect of the plane crash, but the staff at Haaretz are writing for a specific audience. Naturally, the content of the article is influenced by the potential readers. It was deemed important for the mainly Jewish readers of the paper to learn more about the celebrity status of a Jewish man.