(AP) – R&B singer and actress Aaliyah died Saturday along with seven others when a small plane that was to carry them back to the United States crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said. The 22-year-old artist was among nine on board the twin-engine Cessna and had come to the Bahamas to shoot a music video. One critically injured survivor was flown to Florida for treatment, authorities said.
The 22-year-old singer had gone to the Bahamas to shoot a music video and was headed back to Florida, officials said. The pilot and all eight passengers were killed.
The twin-engine Cessna went down in clear skies with little wind about 6:50 p.m. Saturday, roughly 200 feet from the end of the runway at Marsh Harbour airport, about 100 miles north of Nassau. Some of the brush was still smoldering Sunday morning as investigators searched the mangled wreckage.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash on Abaco Island. But Bahamian police Superintendent Basil Rahming said one of the Cessna’s engines “apparently failed.”
Six people, including Aaliyah, died instantly. The three others later died of their injuries, he said.
Aaliyah, of Detroit, was to begin shooting the video for “Rock The Boat” this month in Miami, according to her Web site. It was not clear whether she filmed that video while in the Bahamas.
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