Surprising Things We Learned About Aaliyah After Her Death

The entertainment world was rocked when recording
artist Aaliyah Dana Haughton was lost after her plane crashed shortly after takeoff in
the Bahamas on Aug. 25th, 2001. Six people, including the “Rock the Boat”
singer, perished instantly, while two others later succumbed to their injuries in a hospital. In the years since the tragedy, surprising
new details about the 22-year-old have gradually emerged. Here’s what we didn’t learn about Aaliyah
until after her fateful final voyage. Suspicious skies As fans mourned, U.S. and Bahamian authorities
began investigating what could have caused the twin-engine Cessna to crash on a Saturday
night in seemingly perfect weather. Aaliyah and her crew were originally supposed
to leave the following day, but they were reportedly in a hurry to get back to Miami,
so they hastily chartered the doomed flight after shooting the music video for “Rock the
Boat.” Before piling into the small plane, an argument
reportedly broke out between her entourage and the pilot, Luis Morales. Morales supposedly thought the plane was overloaded
with nine people, their luggage, and camera and sound equipment. And shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed,
taking the lives of everyone on board. But a heavy load may be just one of the reasons
the plane went down. Following the incident, more details about
Morales emerged. “It’s turns out that the pilot of that plane,
Luis Morales, was recently charged for cocaine possession and may not have been authorized
to fly that plane.” As a result of the revelations, Aaliyah’s
parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, sued the plane’s operator, owners, and the flight
broker. In 2003, the suit was settled for an undisclosed
amount. Afraid to fly As if her fate wasn’t heartbreaking enough,
it was later revealed that Aaliyah was terrified of small planes, and she was even said to
be hesitant to board the tiny plane from the Bahamas to Miami. According to Newsweek, a friend who accompanied
the singer to the airport said Aaliyah was expecting a larger aircraft for the flight,
and she was uneasy when she noticed the small plane. The company producing her music video reportedly
offered to charter a larger private jet for Aaliyah and her entourage, but the singer
declined because she was, quote, “anxious to get home to her boyfriend and enjoy her
last free weekend before beginning a rigorous fall schedule.” Secret projects During the height of Aaliyah’s career, social
media wasn’t the force that it is today. This made it a bit harder to learn about a
celeb’s personal life, and Aaliyah was exceedingly reserved. In fact, because the songstress was rarely
seen without a dark pair of sunglasses covering her eyes, rumors emerged that she had a lazy
eye or a glass eye. Even when she ditched the shades, she frequently
covered one eye with a perfectly coiffed bang. Of course, those stories weren’t true, but
her secretive nature meant that most fans didn’t know she had a funny bone until after
she was gone. Aaliyah befriended Kidada Jones, the daughter
of music mogul Quincy Jones, at a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show in 1993. The pals reportedly loved to act silly when
they were together. In a 2011 interview with the Fader, Jones
said Aaliyah once prank called her father and pretended to be pop star Christina Aguilera,
explaining: “She was asking my dad to do something on
her record and she was just singing, and he totally believed it was [Aguilera].” But Jones and Aaliyah were more than just
best friends. They were becoming business partners, too. Aaliyah was known for her impeccable sense
of style. She could effortlessly wear a pair of baggy
jeans and a crop top one day and a Roberto Cavalli dress the next. Jones told Fader that she and Aaliyah had
been developing a girl’s clothing line called Dolly Pop. “Right when she passed we were getting ready
to sign our contracts for that. We were making plans for this brand that was
gonna be girly and cute and have Japanese inspiration.” Considering Aaliyah’s ability to make the
best-dressed list at any occasion, there’s no telling how successful that line would
have been. Love life Aaliyah worked hard to keep her love life
under wraps, but that didn’t stop her romances from making big headlines. Vibe magazine blew the lid off her secret
marriage in 1994 to her then-mentor, R. Kelly. Aaliyah was just 15 years old when they wed,
and Kelly was 27. She reportedly lied about her age on the marriage
license, claiming she was 18, so their union was eventually annulled. Towards the end of her life, Aaliyah had sparked
a relationship with Damon “Dame” Dash, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. Supposedly, both he and his former business
partner, Jay-Z, had their eyes on Aaliyah. Dash said: “I was going at her but Jay was going at her.” But the reason it didn’t cost the men their
partnership was that Aaliyah was able to keep a cordial relationship with Carter even after
putting him in the friend zone. “Aaliyah was the type of girl that would give
you a shot. She didn’t care what people thought. So she’ll date you and be your friend.” Clearly, there were no hard feelings because
Jay-Z led a touching tribute to the singer at a concert in Detroit one year after her
crash. Meanwhile, 10 years after her passing, Dash
was still coping with his loss and told Billboard Magazine: “My heart was broken. Nothing prepares you for that.” Though Dash and Aaliyah spent a lot of time
apart working on individual projects, they were apparently planning a future together. He told MTV News: “As soon as she had time, we were getting
married. She was the one—she was definitely the one
for me.” On top of all of these bits of posthumous
news, perhaps the most surprising thing we’ve learned about Aaliyah after her departure
is just how poetic her words about her work really were. “In the end it’s all worth it because it makes
me really happy, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.”

100 thoughts on “Surprising Things We Learned About Aaliyah After Her Death

  1. Grateful for Aaliyah's musical legacy, Sadly she didn't get to realize what would've likely been success across multiple artistic platforms, including music, acting, fashion.

  2. It doesnt make sense. She have a fear of small planes, people have said that there was too many people and luggage for that small plane. why wouldn't she just wait a few hours to go into a bigger more regulated plane.
    Her record company or who ever was providing the air fairs for her said they "offer her a bigger plane" but she doesnt want it. And "their excused was that she wanted to get back home faster" , am I too believe that she will risk a plane crash for a few hours of waiting?
    I think those people are just trying to protect themself from any liability.
    Think about it, She was expecting a larger plane, she made it known that she has a fear of small plane, but her people gave her a small one. Yet they said they offer to get a bigger one, but they ended up giving her a smaller plane. Why the hell didn't they just give her tickets to the large 747 commercial plane ?
    And it turns out that the pilot was a cocaine smuggler?
    her people are in the drug trafficking business and would risk her life to smuggler cocaine.
    If I was her parents I would sue her "people" , those drug criminals. then again, am I surprised the music industry is also dealing with drugs? hell no.

    I'm pretty sure if people dig alot deeper, we will find more conspiracy about this case.
    I heard a few more conspiracy about her death, might be hard for some people to swallow. But its a possibility.

  3. These artists that died in airplane crashes were mostly flown by uncertified pilots, piloting errors and/or that the planes themselves weren't even stabled enough or in any good condition (which could result in engine failure or other technical problems while in flight) to be used in the first place. Even if the planes weren't liabilities, then the pilots themselves should be certified (with the right training) before using them (For both day and night and that extra precautions are used when operated in any weather conditions as well as using proper mechanical techniques should any technical problems were to occur while in flight ). Most of those plane crashes had only 1 pilot flying the plane and that pilot also dies in the crash as well.

    In Aaliyah's case, it was said that the crash was the result of overloaded weight, but there was also attention brought on pilot Luis Morales III (who was also killed in the crash and had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of his death). He was on 3 years probation (after pleading no contest to drug possession, grand theft and attempting to sell $345 of stolen air craft parts). In any event, Morales was the pilot for the flight the Aaliyah entourage that had chartered from Marsh Harbour to Opa-Locka Airport in Florida. That in itself violated FAA rules because the FAA requires a list of certified pilots to be used for each charter aircraft, and Morales was not on the list provided by Blackhawk International Airways (founded in 1991) which operated the flight. However Blackhawk itself had been breaking rules long before the crash.

    Lets not forget "The Day The Music Died" February 3, 1959 the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Big Bopper JP. Richardson. As soon as the plane left the ground it vanished (into complete darkness in which there was no visible horizon) only to be discovered the next day that it crashed into a fence (5 miles northwest of the airport and buried under four inches of snow) and all 3 singers were thrown out the plane while their pilot Roger Peterson (an uncertified pilot) was pinned to death by the wreckage. At the time of the crash, the US weather bureau did issue a flash advisory warning of bad weather but Peterson never got the call. The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) accident report[1] found that the aircraft impacted the ground at high speed in a steep right bank, nose down attitude, and cartwheeled across the field, coming to rest against a fence. It was a basically a result of piloting error and bad weather

    Ronnie Van Zant's (lead singer of Lynard Skynard) crashing death had 2 pilots. On October 20, 1977, the band boarded a chartered Convair CV-240 bound for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they were scheduled to appear at LSU the following night. After running out of fuel the pilots attempted an emergency landing before crashing in a heavily forested area five miles northeast of Gillsburg, Mississippi.[24][25] Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, along with backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve's older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray were killed on impact and seriously injured 20 others. The crash was a result of low fuel

    Ricky Nelson's plane crash, that occurred on New Years eve of 1985 was the result of engine failure and other mechanical problems. However that plane did have 2 pilots Brad Rank and Ken Ferguson that survived the crash although Rank sustained extensive burns. But as soon as they told story of the events leading up to the crash, they brought up accounts that differed from one another.
    Rank was criticized by the NTSB for not following the inflight fire checklist and that the plane itself had a history of problems with the cabin heaters. Nelson including his bandmates and other passengers were killed in that crash

    The helicopter crash that killed Stevie Ray Vaughn and 3 of Eric Clapton's entourage members (Clapton's agent, Bobby Brown; Clapton's bodyguard, Nigel Browne; and Clapton's assistant tour manager, Colin Smythe) on August 27, 1990. After an all-star encore jamming session of Sweet Home Chicago (featuring Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughn [along with his band Double Trouble] and brother Jimmie) jam session at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, a return flight was scheduled for later that night, but when the encore finished, Vaughan was eager to return to Chicago and made the decision to leave immediately. The designated helicopter originally had three seats available, but Vaughan ultimately took the last remaining seat. Only 3 of the 4 helicopters made it to their destinations but the helicopter (with Stevie Ray) crashed into a nearby ski hill shortly after takeoff. Helicopter pilot, Jeff Brown also died in the crash. A two-year probe by the National Transportation Safety Board found that 'improper planning/decision' by the pilot was the main probable cause of the crash. Plus it was flying in dense fog.

    But John Denver was the cause of his own crashing death on October 13, 1997. Post-accident investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) showed that the leading cause of the accident was Denver's inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The quantity of fuel had been depleted during the plane's flight to Monterey and in several brief practice takeoffs and landings Denver performed at the airport immediately prior to the final flight. His newly purchased experimental Rutan had an unusual fuel tank selector valve handle configuration. The selector valve handle had been intended by the plane's designer to be located between the pilot's legs. The builder instead had placed it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was also placed behind the pilot's seat and not visible to the person at the controls. An NTSB interview with the aircraft mechanic servicing Denver's plane revealed that he and Denver had discussed the inaccessibility of the cockpit fuel selector valve handle and its resistance to being turned.

    Denver was in a previous plane accident in April 1989. He walked away uninjured after the 1931 biplane he was piloting spun around while taxiing at an airport in northern Arizona.

    In 1993, Denver pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge, and was placed on probation.[41] In August 1994, while still on probation, he was again charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after crashing his Porsche into a tree in Aspen.[41] Though a jury trial in July 1997 resulted in a hung jury on the second DUI charge, prosecutors later decided to reopen the case, which was closed only after Denver's accidental death in October 1997.

    In 1995, a flight instructor sued Denver for a runway run-in at Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming. The instructor alleged the singer was piloting his Christen Eagle in 1994 when the airplane taxied into the flight instructor's Cessna.

    In 1996, the FAA decided that Denver could no longer fly a plane, due to medical disqualification for failure to abstain from alcohol, a condition that the FAA had imposed in October 1995 after his prior drunk-driving conviction.

  4. Everyone around her is complicit
    She’s not the first child to be the victim of exploitation and she won’t be the last.

    Time to also reflect 🧭

  5. all them men were to old and passed around. that is a lot for a 22 year old. Haste make waste. should have just waited.


  7. Loved aaliyah. I saw her die on the movie set playing okasha in the queen of the dammed. She never died in the plane crash. Cover up. You all think she died in the plane well she didnt. Aaliyah said no to the leaders in the Mason church thats how she died. Now you all know.

  8. I was born in 1991 so I caught aaliyah reign. She also went to my older cousins school and they met before aaliyah career took off!!

  9. most of the film.she went to the Bahamas to film was done on a green screen. so why go there. it could have been done anywhere. she had a gut feeling not to get on that plane. always trust your gut!

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  11. Yeah it was a shame but when people go on about her like they knew her personally and are grieving is just weird. Like Jackson and Diana. You didn't know them! Stop 🙄

  12. No one asked a question : why not she was killed???? As it happened with many super stars. Well..all crimes were justified by car motorcycle plane accidents or by heart attacks ..aallyah the rnb soul super star should be really the super star unfortunately this domain has a lot of sick jealous barons and criminals who can do anything cose many of them are gold diggers

  13. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I saw the breaking news that her plane went down…I was 14 years old and a huge fan of hers. Felt like I lost a sister or best friend. I cried for days..I still feel sad when I think of her.

    She was sacrificed.
    Some people I won't mention, wouldn't be near where they are today had she of lived.

  14. She was the best !! So much talent !! Better then beyonce , Rihanna better then all !! This is so sad she was really amazing one in a million .

  15. One my favorite singers gone too soon i miss her so damn much i had crush on her when i was a kid i. Remember like its yesterday you gone but never forgotten💔😔

  16. I'll never forget the day when I heard that she had been killed in a plane crash. I remember that day – 25th August 2001 – I was in the States at the time and was totally shocked when I heard the news. I spent the whole of that day screeching. God, she had her whole life in front of her. Too young at 22. R.I P Aaliyah, you will never be forgotten by those who loved you the most

  17. She died right before my bday.. Which is coming up soon and it's a difficult time for me cause I remember how I found out and I'm a huge huge fan of hers. I cry so hard especially around this time. Dammitttt

  18. the fact that she's gone 18 years is breaking my heart i love Aaliyah even thou i was 4 years old when she died man i miss her so much there was something about her that no other female singer had……. and that fucking pilot who decided it was a good idea to fly with 9 People in that small ass plane , they overloaded the plane and becouse of that they all died….. mistakes like these are pissing me off so much becouse of that we lost an Angel and 9 other good people, and i heard something about the engine aswell but Overloading the plane that was the main problem………….

  19. Aaliyah didn’t like flying, therefore an argument with the pilot sounds suspicious. Pilots states overweight, which indicates the chances of it crashing is high. Why would they still broad the plane? Maybe because the “argument” scenes didn’t happen.

  20. It's kind of strange that a magazine published by a friend's father ( "Vibe" by Quincy Jones ) would put her relationship with R. Kelly on Blast… She was a beautiful young woman. It is amazing how many great Artists have been lost over the years by incompetent or careless charter airplane or helicopter pilots.

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