The families of 2 passengers who died in the plane crash that killed Aaliyah and 8 others on the 25th of August 2001, are suing her record label, Virgin Records.
Family members of Eric Foreman and Anthony Dodd allege that Virgin was careless in chartering the small plane that crashed immediately after taking off from an airfield in the Bahamas. The suits also claim the aircraft was overloaded and the pilot was not authorized to take to the air. The families seek unspecified monetary damages and answers to why this tragedy occurred.An attorney for the families said Virgin “took profits over the safety of transporting people” by using a “fly-by-night” charter aircraft corporation.
Minus the weight of Aaliyah and company, the likely weight of the plane, luggage and fuel was about 5,495 pounds, according to reports from Bahamian aviation officials. Maximum takeoff weight for the twin-engine Cessna 402B is 6,300 pounds, which would leave only 805 pounds for the pilot and passengers.
The ‘More Than A Woman’ sensation and her entourage were in the Bahamas shooting a video for the Grammy-nominated ‘Rock the Boat’.
A spokesperson for Virgin Records was not available for comment at the time this write-up was written.
In other news related to Aaliyah, her movie, Anne Rice’s ‘Queen Of The Damned’, shot straight in at No.1 at the US Box Office recently.