Travis Barker Celebrates Major Milestone Taking First Plane Ride Since Surviving Deadly Crash 13 Years Ago

by Josh Lanier

After nearly dying in a plane crash 13 years ago, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker returned to the skies for the first time recently. He avoided airplane travel ever since his brush with death.

Paparazzi caught Travis Barker boarding a private jet with girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, The Daily Mail reported. The couple flew to Cabo San Lucas along with Kourtney’s mom, Kris Jenner, and her boyfriend.

This is the first time Barker flew since his deadly crash in South Carolina in 2008. In the incident, Barker was one of only two survivors. The plane’s wheel exploded as it went down the runway, sending the plane skidding through the airport’s fence and into an embankment. Both the pilot and co-pilot died after they couldn’t escape the burning wreckage. Travis Barker’s bodyguard, Charles ‘Che’ Still, and his assistant, Chris Baker, also died in the crash.

Barker and fellow passenger Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein survived but were both badly burned. Barker had third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body. He remained in the hospital for three months, undergoing 26 surgeries and skin grafts, The Daily Mail said.

That was the last time Barker was on a plane. But in June, the Blink-182 drummer stunned fans when he tweeted he was considering flying again.

“There’s a million things that could happen to me,” he told Men’s Health earlier this month. “I could die riding my skateboard. I could get in a car accident. Or I could get shot. Anything could happen. I could have a brain aneurysm and die. So why should I still be afraid of airplanes?”

Barker said the pain after the crash was “like hell” and he even tried to pay his friends $1 million to anyone who would kill him while he was in the hospital.

“I mean, they had to take my phone out of my room because I was making these phone calls,” Travis Barker recalled. “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.'”

Thankfully, friends and hospital staff intervened before someone took him up on the offer.

Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus is battling stage 4 lymphoma and recently underwent his fifth round of chemotherapy. He keeps fans up-to-date on his treatment via his social media. And has since he announced his diagnosis earlier this summer.

But while it’s a hard road ahead of him, Hoppus had some good news recently.

“Scans indicate that the chemo is working! I still have two months of treatment ahead, but it’s the best possible news,” Mark Hoppus shared in a statement on Twitter. “I’m so grateful and confused and also sick from last week’s chemo. But the poison the doctors pump into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer. Just gonna keep fighting…”