According to a new book about her life, R&B singer and actress Aaliyah did not want to board the flight that cost the rising star her life.
After decades of silence, an eyewitness has claimed that the singer was given a sleeping pill before her fatal crash in 2001 in the Bahamas and was carried unconscious into the suspicious plane.
The shocking accusation was dropped in music journalist Kathy Iandoli’s new biography, Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah.
“They got her out of the van; She didn’t even know she got on a plane, ”said Kingsley Russell, 33, who was dating Aaliyah – full name Aaliyah Dana Haughton – just before the fateful flight, the Daily Mail reported. “She fell asleep on the plane.”
Russell, then 13, whose family ran a taxi company in the Abaco Islands, was in a taxi when his mother, the five-time Grammy winner and her team headed for their return flight Miami drove to the airport. Aaliyah, 22, had just finished filming the music video for her hit single, Rock the Boat, and her team was eager to return to the United States.
Aaliyah – who was a fearful flier – reportedly had concerns about boarding the plane after learning it was overweight. The pilot had reportedly stated that the plane would be too cumbersome with eight passengers, including Aaliyah’s 300-pound bodyguard and their bags and cameras, the Daily Beast reported.
The “Romeo Must Die” actress is said to be still got more nervous when she got to the airport and spotted the little plane. According to Russell, the Brooklyn native fell asleep in the taxi claiming she had a headache while her team cleaned up the mess.
A little later, the hip-hop’s crew returned to see what was wrong, whereupon Aaliyah repeated their concerns. Russell alleged that at this point one of her associates gave the “Loose Rap” singer a sleeping pill, causing her to fall into a deep sleep, after which they carried an unconscious aaliyah onto the plane.
The singer’s worst fears faded true after startup. The small, twin-engine Cessna failed to gain height and crashed about 60 meters from the end of the runway, killing Aaliyah and all eight members of her entourage. A subsequent autopsy revealed that Aaliyah had sustained severe burns and head trauma, which made her chances of survival “unthinkable,” the Daily Beast reported.
The tiny plane was later found to be its assigned weight had exceeded by several hundred pounds, the New York Times reported. In addition, the weight was incorrectly distributed, which made it difficult to control the aircraft in the air. Meanwhile, the pilot allegedly forged his driver’s license and, according to a toxicology report from 2002, was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the accident.
The revelation contradicted reports at the time that claimed Aaliyah was on it passed on board.
“I remember when Aaliyah died I was really upset,” Iandoli told the Daily Beast. “The story kept saying that she really wanted to get on a plane. I was almost mad at her. Why did you want to get on that plane so badly? ”“ The only thing I brought with me is that after 20 years I can finally say that Aaliyah didn’t want to get on the plane, ”she added. “It makes me feel a little better, but not much. This didn’t have to happen. She should still be here, and I think that’s the saddest part. “
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