Travis Barker is “thankful to be alive” after the plane crash in Columbia, South Carolina, last month that left him and DJ AM severely burned and killed four others. The former Blink-182 drummer opens up about the accident in the new issue of US Weekly, reports The Associated Press.
“I hate planes,” Barker said in an interview with the magazine. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened … well, I’m just thankful to be alive! I’m just grateful to be here at all.”
Barker was released from a Georgia burn center last week and is now getting treatment at a Los Angeles-area hospital. Just days before, DJ AM had been released from the hospital and is now home recovering. The crash killed Barker’s assistant, Chris Baker, and his bodyguard, Charles Still, as well as the plane’s two crew members.
Because of his fear of flying, Barker made the trek from Georgia to L.A. by bus, with his dad and ex-wife, Shanna Moakler, by his side.
“I am doing the best I can possibly be,” he told Us. “I’m so anxious to get out of here. … I’ve just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns.”
If Barker continues to progress as expected, he should be released in the next two weeks. He said he is looking forward to hanging out with his kids, Landon, 5, and Alabama, 2.
“I’m trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again,” Barker said.
If you’d like more information on the memorial funds set up to benefit Chris Baker’s and Charles Still’s families, visit the Famous Stars and Straps Web site.