Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker Talks About Tragic Plane Crash

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Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker speaks out about the plane crash that forever changed his life seven years ago.

In his upcoming memoir, Travis Barker talks about his life with Blink-182, being a dad of two, and of course, the tragic event that took place only seven years ago. He sits down with Good Morning America and recounts the horrific event, tearing our hearts in the process.

tattooed Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker
tattooed Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker

Back in 2008, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker survived a tragic plane crash that took the lives of two of his friends and the two pilots in the plane with them. It was a very rough time for the drummer, being one of the two survivors of the crash. The other one was DJ AM Goldstein, who later died in 2009 from an apparent drug overdose.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker

Barker recounts the rest of the horrific accident in the memoir he recently launched, titled “Can I Say”—in reference to his chest tattooBarker can still remember how fresh the accident was, describing it as a feeling compared to “hell”.

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Courtesy of ABC News

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“The plane's on fire and my hands are on fire so I unbuckle my seat belt and I jump right into the jet, which holds all the fuel. I basically ignite my whole body in fire,” Barker told Good Morning America host Chris Connelly. “I'm so soaked in jet fuel, there's nothing I can do to put the fire out.”

The wreckage of a Learjet
The wreckage of a Learjet

The wreckage of a Learjet that was carrying former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, and four others rests on an embankment along Highway 302, along the outskirts of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Columbia, S.C. Barker and Goldstein were critically injured; two other passengers and two crew members were killed.

“I'm completely nude at this point...I'm running, grabbing my testicles, my genitals, because, I don't know why, and then we realize, you know, we're out of the plane and...the plane explodes.”

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in the hospital
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in the hospital

Lucky to be alive, Barker did not feel quite lucky after escaping death. He soon had to run from himself and the trauma it brought upon him. In the recent interview with ABC News, Barker opens up about the unfortunate event after so many years. He revealed that while on recovery, he began calling up friends and promising to pay a million dollars to whoever took up the offer of killing him—to put him out of his miserable situation.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in the hospital
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in the hospital

“I mean, [medical officials] had to take my phone out of my room because I was making these phone calls,” The 39-year-old drummer revealed on Good Morning America. “I would call friends of mine and go, ‘You know, I’ll deposit a million dollars into whoever’s bank account. Like, I’m done.’”

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker Doctor appointment
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker Doctor appointment

It took four months and 27 surgeries for the Blink-182 drummer to finally recover from getting severe burns all over his body. All the details are in his memoir, “Can I Say” . But in the end, his two children Landon and Alabama was still the source of his strength and will to live. He was reminded of what he still has to live for—being a daddy to those two.

“It was just hard for them to see me in the state that I was in, like, you know, they color in class and…everyone's drawing pictures of their family or what they did on the weekend and Landon's drawing a picture of a plane crashing,” Barker recalled.

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Courtesy of Hype Trak

Travis Barker hasn't gone on a single plane ride ever since. He skipped tours due to his trauma-induced fear of heights. For Blink-182's Europe tour, he traveled by ship. Barker now spends most of the tours at home in a tour bus, occasionally travelling with Landon and Alabama.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker with his family
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker with his family

But that's not the end of Travis's flying. “I tell my children, ‘When you're ready to fly, I'm ready to fly,’” he said. “So if my son came to me and said, ‘Dad, let's fly to Hawaii,’ or, ‘Dad, let's go to Australia,’ I'm in Australia.”

“I don't want it to be a handicap for them, and I dread it. You know, I lose sleep over it, but if and when they say they want to do it, I'm going to do it.” The words of a loving father.

Travis shares some things about his tattoos, including the ones burned in the crash, in an interview with Fuse TV.

Blink-182 is currently working on a new studio album with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba in replacement to Tom Delonge.
Blink-182 is currently working on a new studio album with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba in replacement to Tom Delonge.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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