Aaliyah is Killed in Plane Crash

Released in the summer of 2001, Aaliyah completed the singer's image overhaul into a sensual yet sensitive adult.

The record received excellent reviews, and the first single, "We Need a Resolution," was a Top 20 R&B hit.About a month after the album's release, Aaliyah traveled to the Bahamas to film a video for its second single, "Rock the Boat." On August 25, she and several members of the crew boarded a small twin-engine Cessna plane returning to the mainland. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, exploding on impact; Aaliyah and seven other passengers were killed instantly, and the ninth later died at a Nassau hospital. Investigations into the crash showed that the plane had been loaded far past its weight capacity, and that pilot Luis Morales had recently been arrested for crack cocaine possession (traces of which, along with alcohol, were found in his system); furthermore, the charter company, Blackhawk International Airways, had not authorized him to pilot the craft in question.

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Aaliyah was among nine people killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off in the Bahamas on Saturday night.

Bahamas police said six of those on board, including Aaliyah, had died instantly, while three others died shortly afterwards due their injuries.

Aaliyah, the sultry R & B singer with the ethereal voice who first hit the music scene at the age of 14, recently died when a small twin-engine plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed seconds after takeoff in the Bahamas. She was 22.

The plane was bound for Opalocka, FL, in perfect weather when it went down on Abaco Island, roughly 200 feet from the end of the run-way at Marsh Harbour International Airport in the Bahamas. At least one witness reported that the plane's right engine caught fire seconds after takeoff.