According to an eyewitness, R&B singer and actress Aaliyah was given a sleeping drug and was taken unconscious on board the small Cessna plane before it crashed in the Bahamas in 2001. Kingsley Russell, who was a teenager at the time and was riding in Aaliyah’s taxi, which was driven by his stepmother, claims the late singer did not feel at ease boarding the plane that murdered her.
Aaliyah died in 2001, when she was 22 years old, along with eight other people, after a plane carrying them from a music video shoot crashed in the Bahamas. Russell claims to have been 13 at the time of the accident, according to music journalist Kathy Iandoli’s new biography, “Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah.” He claims that his family owned a taxi company in the Bahamas and that he was in the cab while his stepmother took the artist and her entourage to the airport for their flight back to Miami. Russell reports that after realizing that the plane was overweight, Aaliyah refused to board.
The pilot reportedly told to the Daily Beast that the plane would be too crowded with eight passengers, including Aaliyah, plus their cameras and bags. Aaliyah fought with her staff for hours over getting on the plane, according to Russell, before being given a sleeping drug after complaining of a headache in the taxi.
According to the Daily Mail, “they dragged her out of the car; she didn’t even realize she was getting boarded on a plane.” “She fell asleep on the plane.”
The small two-engine Cessna failed to acquire altitude shortly after takeoff and crashed approximately 200 feet from the runway’s end, killing Aaliyah and her crew. The actress from “Romeo Must Die” had major burns and severe head trauma, according to an autopsy. The pilot had forged his license and was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the crash, according to a toxicology study from 2002. The teeny-tiny plane had also exceeded its weight limit.
Following the crash, rumors indicated that Aaliyah was hell-bent on boarding the plane. “I was terribly upset when Aaliyah passed away,” Iandoli told the Daily Beast. “She was eager about getting on the plane, according to the narrative. I was on the verge of being irritated with her. “What made you so desperate to board that plane?”
“The only thing I’ve brought with me is the knowledge that, after 20 years, Aaliyah didn’t want to board the plane,” she continued. “It makes me feel a little better, but not a whole lot better. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I suppose the saddest aspect about it is that she should still be here.”
Aaliyah Dana Haughton, whose full name is Aaliyah Dana Haughton, was a star who dabbled in acting, singing, and modeling. After debuting on the television show Star Search at the age of ten, her career took off. She signed to Jive Records and her uncle’s Blackground Records shortly after and was exposed to R. Kelly before her sad demise.