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Tribute: Aaliyah (1979 – 2001)


Aaliyah was an R&B & Hip-Hop Singer/Actress. Today makes 10 years of Aaliyah’s death, when her airplane crashes after Rock The Boat video shoot in the Bahamas. What happened was that they initially had a flight scheduled for the following day, but with filming finished early, Aaliyah and her entourage were eager to return to the United States and made the decision to leave immediately. The designated airplane was smaller than the Cessna 404 in which they had originally flown. Nevertheless, the whole party and all of the equipment were accommodated on board. As a result, when the aircraft attempted to depart, it was over its maximum takeoff weight by 700 pounds and was carrying one more passenger than it was certified to. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, about 200 feet from the runway. Aaliyah and the eight others on board, were killed.

I am a fan of Aaliyah. I remember when I was 13 years old, I would watch all her videos, learn her lyrics, and try to dance just like her. I remember hearing the news on MTV of this tragic crash, I couldn’t believe it. When you watch the video you are in shock of how angelic Aaliyah looks, and especially at the end of the video it seems like she is swimming up to the heavens. Breath-taking.