On August 25, , a Cessna twin-engine light aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands , The Bahamas, killing the pilot and all eight passengers on board. Among the victims were American singer and actress Aaliyah and part of her entourage. The group had just completed filming of a music video and had chartered the flight to return to Florida. The following investigation determined that the aircraft had attempted to take off while heavily overloaded, and was carrying one more passenger than it was certified for. It also emerged that the pilot did not have the required qualifications to fly the aircraft type involved, and had falsified relevant documents to obtain his pilot licence. Williams recalled, "Aaliyah left mid-production, so we were still shooting when she left. The New York Post printed one of the last photographs taken of Aaliyah, but wrongly labeled it as taken before the crash with a fan who wanted it as a souvenir.
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She was carefree, happy and in love. On August 24, the singer rose well before dawn to be part of the island sunrise for the video. The following day, she and her dancers would board a boat to perform a routine on-deck. We all worked together as a family," video director Hype Williams said. Everyone felt part of something special, part of her song. Aaliyah had finished shooting her part of the video a day earlier than expected and on the evening of August 25, she boarded a twin-engine Cessna B along with several other colleagues. Almost immediately upon takeoff from Marsh Harbor, the plane crashed near the runway and a fire erupted. Aaliyah, then 22, along with eight others, perished.
Aaliyah’s acting career was about to take off
All nine people were killed in the crash after the engines of the Cessna apparently failed, authorities said. The year-old singer full name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton had gone to the Bahamas to shoot a music video. The twin-engine Cessna went down in clear skies with little wind about p. Saturday, roughly feet from the end of the runway at Marsh Harbour airport, about miles north of Nassau. Some of the brush was still smoldering this morning as investigators searched the mangled wreckage. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash on Abaco Island.
Aaliyah was making big plans for her future. Before the singer sadly passed away in a plane crash in , she was preparing to venture more into the fashion and film industries , which likely would have skyrocketed her career to new heights. Aaliyah may have been beautiful and extremely talented, but she was also a style icon who inspired looks many of us are still rocking today. From baggy pants and oversized sweaters to her signature midriff tops, Aaliyah was one of the first celebrities to make the tomboy style chic. Two years before her death in , Aaliyah began her acting training. While filming the movie, the singer also landed the role of vampire, Queen Akasha, in the horror film Queen of the Damned , which ultimately delayed the release of her third studio album, Aaliyah.