Travis Barker Flies On Plane For First Time After Plane Crash 13 Years Ago
Travis Barker recently flew on a plane for the first time in 13 years.
Barker, who is the drummer for band Blink 182, boarded a plane headed to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico on August 14. He departed from Los Angeles with his partner Kourtney Kardashian. They arrived in Cabo on a private jet owned by Kylie Jenner.
Barker’s devastating crash occurred in 2008 on a private flight en route to Van Nuys, California. The passengers apparently heard a loud bang, which the pilots attributed to a tire malfunction. The pilots attempted to abort the takeoff, but the plane instead rammed through an airport fence. After skidding across a highway and crashing in a ditch, four passengers of the plane died. This included Barker’s Security Guard Charles Still, his assistant Chris Baker and both pilots of the aircraft. Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, was the only survivor of the crash besides Barker. He has stated that he felt especially guilty for the death of Still after inviting him to join the flight at the last minute after his wife at the time declined the invitation.
Barker walked away from the crash with extreme burns and post-traumatic stress disorder. He stayed in hospitals for over 10 weeks after the incident and was in danger of losing his limbs, he has stated, due to the severity of the burns he sustained. He was able to return to music in November of 2008. “It was really exciting to know I still have my chops. It still felt good… I still can make it around the kit. Everything felt right, so I’m thankful to be able to play,” Barker said about being able to return.
Barker also sued Goodyear Tire and Rubber along with other companies who were involved in the plane and airport. The details of this suit were never made public.