Travis Barker, drummer of punk rock band Blink-182, announced via Facebook that he would not be joining the band on its Australian concert tour due to his fear of flying.
“I'm sorry to announce i won't be joining Blink-182 on this Australian tour,” reads Barker’s post on his Facebook page last weekend. “I still haven't gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time i flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends.”
It was five years ago in South Carolina that Travis Barker and Adam “DJAM” Goldstein narrowly survived the crash that claimed the lives of four others on board the private plane. The surviving pair suffered burns to their bodies and in time recovered from their physical injuries.
On the evening of the crash, the plane veered off the runway on fire; the result of a massive malfunction of the Learjet 60 prior to lift-off.
Plane crash figures
According to the Aviation Safety Network, fatal airline accidents and fatalities for the year 2012 include the least amount of airline accidents since 1945. The most recent figures show:
- 2012: 23 accidents and 475 casualties
- 2011: 36 accidents and 524 casualties
- 2010: 31 accidents and 847 casualties
- 2009: 31 accidents and 760 casualties
- 2008: 34 accidents and 589 casualties