Travis Barker Speaks Out on Plane Crash in New Memoir

The Blink-182 drummer details his survival and recovery in "Can I Say."
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Next up on "Heat index," ABC news exclusive with rock star Travis barker. Blink-182 drummer in his first in-depth TV interview since a plane crash that nearly took his life. He sat down with ABC's Chris Connelly. Got to take a look at this. Plane's on fire. My hands are on fire and unbuckle my seat belt and jump right into the jet which holds all the fuel and basically ignite my whole body. Reporter: That's drummer Travis barker known for his work with blink-182. ? All the small things ? ? true care -- Reporter: Speaking for the first time about the night of September 19th, 2008 when the chartered plane he, bffdj A.M. Real name Adam Goldstein and two of their cohorts were in crashed on takeoff in Columbia, south Carolina. I'm soaked in jet fuel. There's nothing I can do to put the fire out. Then we realize, you know, we're out of the plane and the plane explodes. Then I stayed in burn centers for like the next four months. Reporter: Two close friends and the two pilots would die in the crash. Severely burned over 65% of his body. Barker would no searing, unimaginable pain. What does that feel like? That, I mean, that feels like hell. Reporter: As he captures in his xheling new memoir "Can I say," he undergoes 27 surgeries and at one point considered taking his own life. I would call friends of mine and say deposit a million dollars into whoever's bank account. You were willing to pay $1 million to take me out. They had to pull the phone out of my room. Reporter: What saved him was his kids. It was hard for them to see the state I was in. They'd color in class and everyone is drawing pictures of their family or what they did in the weekend and Landon is drawing a picture of a plane crashing. So, yeah. Reporter: It's not right, is it? It was -- I mean, it was definitely something that I mean he was old enough to understand, you know. Reporter: One year later another blow with Adam Goldstein losing his courageous battle with drug addiction. Barker says his book tells of a wild reckless lifestyle that he's put in the rearview mirror with 40 one month away his existence is focused on drumming and minding his kids. He's still playing gigs including with mark in a reconstituted blink-182. He hasn't been in a plane since that night. He's not ruling it out. You know, I -- I tell my children when you're ready to fly I'm ready to fly. ? Reporter: Barker in his book says his daughter Alabama had an eerie recommend in addition saying the roof is going to come off as he headed for south Carolina. Even on the tarmac moments before the fateful flight barker says he shared concerns on the phone with his father. Barker is a lifelong white knuckle flier who takes "The queen Mary ii" to gigs overseas. You showed us a side of Travis that is rarely seen. Yeah. That is certainly true. He's very familiar for his antic, I guess and his exciting lifestyle but this is a very serious thing he went through. So brave to talk about it. What a life-changing event and those kids, to have that imagery in their minds. I hope one day they can all hold hands and get on a flight and be okay. For him to say when my kids are ready to fly that says -- he's a great dad, isn't he. Yeah, he doesn't want to be limited by his issues. He wants to make sure his kids live a rimpf, full life and looking after his kids is really important. His daughter is a cheerleader and he likes to be a cheer dad these days. It always boils down to our families. That's what's most important. Chris, thank you, thank you, thank you. That was terrific. You'll have more with Travis barker on "Nightline" tomorrow night.

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