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Aaliyah Was Carried UNCONSCIOUS Onto The Plane That Killed Her, Says Witness

Aaliyah Plane Crash Death Carried Unconscious Pill Witness

Well, this adds a disturbing wrinkle to the already tragic tale of Aaliyah‘s death.

As you likely know, the Are You That Somebody? singer died in a plane crash at the tender age of 22 years old, just as she was crossing over from her career as a pop singer into a full-on movie star.

In short: after filming her music video for Rock The Boat in the Bahamas, her entourage was scheduled to fly back to Miami on a Cessna 404. However, they finished the shoot a day early and decided to get a flight immediately. However, this was on a Cessna 402 — a smaller airplane — and it meant overloading it with baggage and equipment. the pilot reportedly told Aaliyah’s team it was unsafe, but they insisted on flying anyway.

An investigation later found the plane was overweight by 700 lbs, unevenly distributed, AND carrying one passenger too many. Not only that, the pilot’s body tested positive for cocaine and alcohol. It was a flight that never should have taken off and barely did; the plane crashed right after takeoff, just 200 feet from the runway.

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But now someone is telling a story about that flight that you’ve probably never heard before.

Kingsley Russell was just 13 years old when he worked for Aaliyah’s entourage. His aunt Annie ran a taxi and hospitality business in the Abaco Islands, the “Boating Capital of the Bahamas,” and when the singer was visiting he was tasked with carrying their bags for tips. His account of that day’s events put a lot of things into question.

It’s in the new book Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah, by music journalist Kathy Iandoli, that Russell for the first time in 20 years officially tells his tale. Iandoli says she had been trying for years to figure out why the rising star — who was apparently known to be a nervous flier — would get on a small, overloaded plane when she could have waited for her chartered jet one day later. And Russell’s story might be the missing piece.

He claims the Queen of the Damned star did NOT want to get on the plane after learning it was going to be over the weight limit. But she had a headache, so she decided to relax in the back of the taxi, in the air conditioning, while her team sorted it out.

Eventually, the now-33-year-old claims, Aaliyah’s entourage came to check on her, and she again insisted they not fly with the plane being overburdened. However, because she was not feeling well, one of her team slipped her a pill, which she took — and quickly passed out.

Russell says he was waiting in the airport while Aaliyah slept in the cab and overheard arguments over the plane’s weight. He is quoted in the book as saying:

“[The airport staff] and Aaliyah had the common sense that the plane was overweight.”

Despite the airport’s baggage handlers taking the pilot’s side, the then-teenager saw the argument end suddenly and inexplicably. The pilot agreed to take the whole crew with all their bags.

The only problem was Aaliyah, who had said she didn’t want to get on the flight. However, she was still unconscious. And here’s the shocking part — Russell says her entourage CARRIED her onto the plane!

“They took her out of the van; she didn’t even know she was getting boarded on a plane. She went on the airplane asleep.”


Just minutes later, Kingsley remembers the shocking sound of the plane crashing into the ground, less than a minute after taking off.

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For Iandoli, this account is the holy grail in the search for what happened to Aaliyah that day. She told The Daily Beast:

“I remember when Aaliyah passed away, I was really upset. The story kept saying that she was adamant about getting on the plane. I was almost upset with her. Why did you want to get on that plane so badly? I remember wrestling with this, being like, ‘Well, she wanted to get back to Damon Dash, she wanted to be with her team, and who wouldn’t want their stuff with them?'”

However, the author says, Russell’s story finally makes it make sense:

“In learning that she did not want to get on the plane, for someone like myself and so many other people, I think that’s closure for us. It’s an unfortunate closure… but I needed to hear she didn’t want to get on that plane; I needed to know that. The person who I thought had the most common sense in the world had common sense to not get on the plane. The fact that she was so adamant, staying in the cab, refusing—these are things we never knew.”

Her ultimate conclusion is that this is cold comfort — it means it wasn’t Aaliyah’s fault, but it doesn’t give her back to us:

“The only thing I’ve taken with me is that after 20 years, I can finally say that Aaliyah didn’t want to get on the plane. That makes me feel a little better, but not much. This didn’t have to happen. She should still be here, and I think that’s the saddest part about it. She deserved better.”

Hear, hear.

Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah is scheduled to hit bookstores on August 17.

What do YOU think about this shocking new twist to the story??

[Image via Aaliyah/YouTube.]

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Aug 02, 2021 14:54pm PDT