Aaliyah's Parents Settle Plane Crash Suit

By | September 9, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The parents of R&B singer and actress Aaliyah have reached an undisclosed settlement in a negligence lawsuit over her death in a 2001 plane crash, family attorneys said.

A chartered Cessna 402B carrying Aaliyah and eight others crashed shortly after takeoff on a flight from Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas to the Miami suburb of Opa-locka. Investigators believed the plane was 700 pounds overloaded.

Attorneys for Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, filed a notice in federal court Thursday to say the case has been settled with an agreement to keep details confidential. Calls to attorneys in the case were not returned Monday.

The parents sued plane operator Blackhawk International Airways Corp., owners Skystream Inc. and Gilbert Chacon and flight broker Atlantic Flight Group. Blackhawk did not have permission from the Bahamas for commercial flights.

Aaliyah, a million-selling singer turned movie star in “Romeo Must Die” and “Queen of the Damned,” was 22 when she died.

She won top female artist honors last month at the annual Billboard R&B-Hip-Hop Awards following five nominations the year before

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