Travis Landon Barker (born November 14, 1975) is an American drummer, who achieved most of his fame by drumming for the band Blink-182.
On September 20, 2008, Barker was injured when the Learjet in which he was flying crashed outside of Columbia, South Carolina. The jet, a Lear 60, was headed for Van Nuys, California. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was departing the airport, when air traffic controllers saw sparks emanating from the plane, which went off the runway, smashed through a fence, crossed a nearby road, slammed into an embankment and caught fire. Barker had performed the night before at an event with former Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Gavin DeGraw and DJ AM. Barker is listed in critical condition, and was transported to the Augusta Georgia Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.
DJ AM was also injured in the crash and is also listed in critical condition. Four others were killed in the crash, three males and one female, with autopsies being performed to identify the bodies. Two of the deceased were crew members, and two were passengers, including Chris Baker, Barker’s personal assistant. Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said of the accident, "It’s absolutely terrible and tragic."