The Blink-182 drummer and his friend, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, were the only two survivors when their plane crashed on their way home from a show in South Carolina in 2008. The crash killed assistant Chris Baker, security guard Charles Still and the two pilots.
While Barker and Goldstein were able to escape the crash, the drummer was left with third-degree burns that covered 65 percent of his body, forcing him to undergo 26 surgeries and multiple skin grafts. About a year after the crash, Goldstein died of an accidental drug overdose.
In a May interview with Men’s Health, Travis said that “trying to grab my friends from a burning plane” had “haunted” him “for a long time.”
“Now it’s been so many years, it’s getting easier for me. There are days where I’ll wake up and never think about it,” he said. “… If I do [fly again], and the angels above help me in my travels and keep me safe, I would like to come back and [tell my children], ‘Hey, I just flew here, and then I flew home. And everything was fine.’ I have to tell them, because I almost left them. That’s a perfect day.”