Aaliyah’s horror death in aircraft crash
Singer/actress Aaliyah was simply 22 when she was killed in a aircraft crash within the Bahamas in 2001. She was amongst 9 individuals who perished within the accident and it was later confirmed she died from extreme burns, a blow to the pinnacle and shock.
Aaliyah was one of the well-known girls on the earth again in 2001 when she was killed in a horror aircraft crash aged simply 22.
The singer/actress had jetted to the Bahamas to complete filming the video for her monitor Rock The Boat and was heading again to Miami on the night of Saturday August 25, 2001.
She boarded a 10-seat twin-engine Cessna 402B non-public jet certain for Opa-Locka, Florida together with seven members of her crew.
The star was accompanied by video director Douglas Kratz, 28, file label government Gina Smith, 30, bodyguard Scott Gallin, 41, hairstylists Anthony Dodd, 34, and Eric Forman, 29, make-up artist Christopher Maldonado, 32, and her pal Keeth Wallace, 49.
The aircraft was late arriving on Abaco Island, and the group have been stated to have been anxious to get going so they might make it again to Miami for the night. Only a brief hop throughout the water, the flight was as a consequence of take simply an hour.
Nevertheless, tragedy struck lower than a minute after take off when the jet fell from the sky and plummeted to the bottom simply 200 ft (60 m) from the runway. A witness on the bottom later reported seeing the aircraft solely get to between 60 and 100 ft from the bottom earlier than it crashed.
Claude Sawyer, 25, was a constitution pilot who was engaged on equipment near the location of the accident and he described the devastation. In Christopher John Farley’s ebook Aaliyah: Extra Than a Lady, Sawyer is described as saying: “I noticed the aircraft go up after which it banked to the left and nosed in.
“I’ve seen crashes earlier than, however this was most likely one of many worst ones. It was fairly devastating.
“The plane was damaged into items and a number of the seats have been ejected from the plane.”
An investigation into the crash was launched and an inquest into Aaliyah’s demise passed off within the Bahamas.
The inquest was carried out by Dr. Giovander Raju and he concluded that the singer died from extreme burns, a blow to the pinnacle and extreme shock.
Dr. Raju additionally confirmed the star had a weak coronary heart and would by no means have survived the shock even when she had been spared within the crash,
He dominated:”[She] went into such a state of shock, even when she had survived the crash, restoration would have been close to inconceivable.”
She was amongst six passengers who died on the scene, whereas three others died hours after the crash.
An investigation by America’s Nationwide Transportation Security Board concluded the aircraft had been overloaded on the time of take off. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was additionally referred to as into query as a report by the Federal Aviation Administration alleged he was not accepted to fly the plane, which was operated by Blackhawk Airways Worldwide. He’d additionally beforehand been charged with a drug offence within the US, and an post-mortem discovered he had cocaine and alcohol in his system on the time of the crash.
The tragedy despatched the music enterprise into mourning, and Aaliyah’s physique was returned to the US for her funeral.
The service was non-public and held in New York. She has since been immortalised within the music of her well-known associates, with stars together with Jay Z paying tribute to her in songs.