Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash that occurred on Aug. 25, 2001. The plane was a Cessna 402 that crashed in clear weather shortly after taking off from the Bahamas, killing everyone on board. An investigation following the crash examined the possibility that the aircraft had been overloaded. Moreover, an autopsy of the pilot showed traces of alcohol and cocaine.
After filming a music video, Aaliyah and several members of her record company boarded a twin-engine Cessna 402 at the Marsh Harbour Airport scheduled to fly to Florida. The Cessna was smaller than the aircraft on which the group had arrived, but was still made to accommodate the entire party along with all of their equipment. The crash occurred just after takeoff approximately 200 feet from the runway. The Florida-based company Skystream owned and operated the aircraft.
An inquest conducted by the coroner's office in The Bahamas found that the singer suffered from "severe burns and a blow to the head." Investigations later determined that the aircraft exceeded its maximum takeoff weight by 700 pounds at the time of the crash. According to the aircraft's certification, the plane also exceeded the number of passengers permitted on board.