BLINK 182 drummer Travis Barker is dealing with the loss of his friends after a plane crash in 2008.
This is the full story of the tragic event that claimed the lives of four out of six passengers.
What happened in Travis Barker’s plane crash?
In September 2008, Barker was traveling from South Carolina to California with friend and DJ Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein when their jet crashed on takeoff.
The aircraft in question was a Learjet 60, which had only two years of flight experience prior to the incident but had logged 108.5 flight hours with 123 takeoff and landing cycles.
The jet’s captain was 31-year-old Sarah Lemmon, who had received multiple rejection notices during her training process.
The plane misjudged the runway distance, overran the end of the runway and crashed through the airport perimeter fence.
The plane crossed South Carolina Highway 302 and came to rest on an embankment before bursting into flames.
Both pilots of the plane were killed, while Barker and Goldstein suffered terrible second and third degree burns.
The two survivors, in addition to the estates of two of the deceased, are suing both the company behind the plane – Learjet – and the tire manufacturer Goodyear, which they believed responsible after the accident was caused by an exploding tire on the jet – leading Lemmon to deny the Cancel start at high speed.
Who died in Travis Barker’s plane crash?
Four of the six people on board died in the crash, with Barker and Goldstein seriously injured.
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Both pilots perished along with Chris and Che.
A year later, DJ AM died of complications from an overdose while dealing with the aftermath of such a horrific event.
What did Travis Barker say about the plane crash?
Barker has rarely spoken about the incident that saw him diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, but he did ease the horror moment on Joe Rogan’s podcast in late 2019.
The drummer said: “Jumping through the emergency exit when the plane exploded, I was in such a hurry to get off the plane that I jumped straight into the jet, which was full of fuel.
“My whole body lit up. I had jet fuel all over my body. I spit jet fuel for almost three months (after).
“As I jumped in the jets…I started running…I ripped my clothes off because my instincts told me to…but I didn’t realize I was still on fire because I was soaked in kerosene.”
65% of the drummer’s body was badly burned and Barker faced the daunting prospect of possibly having his right foot amputated.
“My right foot almost didn’t make it, that’s what got soaked the most, my shoes and socks.
“I was running towards a freeway and I heard a guy yelling, ‘Stop, drop and roll,’ and I heard it through the chaos of sirens and all.
“I stopped, dropped, and rolled, and the only thing that was still burning was my feet. So they burned the longest.”
Barker spent over 11 weeks in the hospital following the incident, during which he underwent 26 surgeries and skin grafts.
He revealed to Rogan the detrimental effects this was having on his mental health, stating:
“After my accident … I was in a hospital for four months and was fed morphine every day.
“When I was in the hospital, I was on so much medication I didn’t even know my two friends had died. I didn’t know the pilots had died. I couldn’t remember anything.
“I always thought everyone was in the hospital, including the two pilots and including my best friends. I figured everyone would be in different rooms until two weeks before I left. Then I went insane… I wasn’t in a good place.
“I was kind of crazy. I was suicidal. I did a lot of post-traumatic therapy when I was in the hospital to calm things down after my surgery. Over time…I started to feel better.”
Since then, Barker has flown for the first time since the crash – with his famous girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian in August 2021.
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