Aaliyah Killed In Plane Crash

Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash Saturday in the Bahamas, authorities said. The 22-year-old singer and actresss was one of eight people who died when the twin-engine plane they were traveling in crashed seconds after taking off from the Bahamas. Aaliyah was in the Bahamas shooting a video. She died instantly when the plane, a Cessna 402B, exploded on impact just 200 feet beyond the end of a runway at Marsh Harbour International Airport on Abaco Island at 6:45 p.m.. The craft, which was bound for Opa-Locka Airport, just northwest of Miami, apparently suffered engine failure upon liftoff, he said. Others killed in the accident included Aaliyah makeup artist Eric Foreman, 29, and Virgin Records representative Douglas Kratz, 28, according to Rahming. Two other women and three other men, including the pilot, died in the crash, while one man was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami with serious injuries, Rahming said. Aaliyah "was like one of my daughters, she was one of the sweetest girls in the world," producer Quincy Jones told the AP "I loved her and respected her and I am absolutely devastated." "We find it devastating and most unfortunate that after having this world-famous star Aaliyah and her crew select the Bahamas as their choice location for her latest video, the project has climaxed on such a tragic note," tourism minister Turnquest told the news service. In July, Aaliyah released her self-titled third album, which found her moving away from club beats toward more introspective, midtempo numbers (see). The album features the single "We Need a Resolution," one of three songs she recorded with producer and frequent collaborator Timbaland. The singer, who co-starred with martial artist Jet Li in the 2000 action flick "Romeo Must Die," plays the title role in the film adaptation of the Anne Rice novel "Queen of the Damned" and was cast in "The Matrix 2," both due in 2002 (see). She released her first album, Age Ain't Nothing But Number, in 1994. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Civil Aviation Department of the

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aaliyah's horsepulled casket.(NYC)