Travis Barker flying to Cabo with girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, is not just a few relationship milestone. It’s an enormous step within the lifetime of the drummer, who swore off flying after surviving a 2008 fiery airplane crash.
On Saturday, the 2 had been photographed boarding her sister Kylie Jenner’s non-public airplane at a small airport in Camarillo, Calif. The couple, who traveled with Kris and her boyfriend Corey Gamble, then had been snapped once more deplaning in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
It’s nearly 13 years since Barker, 45, and the late DJ AM (actual identify: Adam Goldstein) had been the one survivors after a airplane they had been touring in crashed in Columbia, S.C., on Sept. 19, 2008 and burst into flames. The small airplane was taking place the runway when these inside heard a bang and air site visitors controllers noticed sparks. The pilot aborted the take-off however could not cease. The airplane left the runway, crashed by the airport fence, crossed a freeway after which ended up in an embankment the place it burst into flames.
The 4 different passengers — pilot Sarah Lemmon, co-pilot James Bland, Barker’s assistant Chris Baker and safety guard Charles Monroe Still Jr. — died within the crash. Lemmon and Bland died from smoke inhalation and burns whereas Baker and Still died upon impression. Barker and Goldstein, who had been performing collectively beneath the TRV$DJAM collaboration on the time, had been each critically injured and transported to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. They each suffered second and third diploma burns and acquired pores and skin grafts. Barker’s burns coated 65 % of his physique, and he remained within the hospital for over three months, present process a complete of 27 surgical procedures, plus blood transfusions and pores and skin graft after pores and skin graft. At one level, docs thought of amputating his foot.
The males later mentioned Goldstein had fallen asleep when the the airplane took off and he awoke to Barker, who had a lifelong flying phobia, screaming because the airplane went uncontrolled. They had been in a position to escape out of the door. However, Barker’s complete physique turned coated in jet gasoline, which ignited as he fought to get free. Even his arms had been on fireplace as he ripped off his garments subsequent to the airplane in try to cease the burning. People had been yelling for him to cease, drop and roll and he did — after which Goldstein helped put out the hearth on his toes.
“I was lying next to AM as the plane was exploding, and I was screaming, ‘Are we alive?'” he recalled to Rolling Stone.
Both males suffered post-traumatic stress dysfunction and survivor’s guilt. Barker by no means flew once more. When he was moved from the Georgia burn heart to a facility in Los Angeles, he traveled throughout the nation through bus.
Various lawsuits stemmed from the crash. When Goldstein died lower than a yr later of a drug overdose, it was recommended PTSD could have triggered his drug relapse.
Barker spoke about being suicidal after the crash, calling associates from his hospital mattress and providing them $1 million to take his life.
Barker wrote concerning the ordeal in his 2015 memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, and its impression on his life:
“I am running as fast as I can, and I am on fire,” he wrote. “The night is dark, but I can see my way, because of the light from my own burning flesh. I have never felt this much pain in my life: it feels like everything inside of my body is boiling and trying to burst through my skin. I am stripping off my clothes as I run across a grassy field, but I am still on fire.”
“Behind me, I can sense death: a burning airplane that contains the bodies of two pilots and two good friends. Less than a minute from now, it will explode.
“In front of me, there is a highway. Nothing that is happening feels real, or even possible. If I make it to the highway, I think that maybe I can stay alive. I hear people screaming at me, but I don’t know what they’re saying. All I care about is trying to survive.
“I want to see my children, my wife, my father, my sisters. In the final seconds of my life, anything that isn’t important goes up in flames. With every step I’m taking, everything in my life is burning away, except for my family.”
Barker did say the experience did lead to positive lifestyle changes, including overcoming a painkiller addiction. While he was told he’d be on pain management medication for the rest of his life due to his injuries, he got off them all soon after his release from the hospital.
Barker refrained from flying — even for work. That meant having to travel by boat to Europe for performances.
However, in May, several months into his romance with Kardashian, he told Men’s Health he planned to fly again.
“I have to,” mentioned Barker, who had intensive remedy after the crash. “I want to make the choice to try and overcome it.”
He mentioned it was for closure, but additionally as a result of it will assist him really feel regular. He shared the instance of imagining coming home from a visit, dropping his baggage and catching up together with his children.
“If I do it, and the angels above help me in my travels and keep me safe, I would like to come back and [tell them], ‘Hey, I just flew here, and then I flew home. And everything was fine.’ I have to tell them, because I almost left them,” Barker mentioned. “That’s a perfect day.”
According to E! News, Kardashian performed a job in getting Barker to fly once more — by exhibiting her assist.
“This has been something that Travis has been working on for some time,” a supply near Travis informed the outlet. “It’s something he’s wanted to do and to overcome. Kourtney has been incredibly loving and supportive and it is through her love, help and confidence in him that he was able to finally do this. The people that have been close to Travis since his crash are so very excited for him.”