A Bahaman man who received to spend time with the late pop star Aaliyah simply hours earlier than she was killed in a aircraft crash, claims she by no means needed to get on the stricken plane within the first place and had taken a sleeping tablet simply hours earlier.
Kingsley Russell, whose household ran a taxi and hospitality enterprise within the Abaco Islands, was simply 13-years previous on August twenty fifth 2001, however he was with the star as his stepmother drove her workforce to the airport for her return flight again to the U.S.
Russell set to work with Aaliyah’s entourage as her workforce’s baggage service because of his aunt, Annie Russell, who ran a small hospitality enterprise on the island.
Aaliyah died August twenty fifth 2001 whereas flying from the Bahamas to the US after capturing the music video for Rock The Boat
As a teen, Russell claims that when the star noticed the aircraft to take her again to the U.S. mainland, she refused to get on board and went again to sleep within the cab his stepmother was driving, telling her workforce she had a headache.
Having handed out behind the cab, her workforce finally needed to carry Aaliyah onto the aircraft whereas she was nonetheless quick asleep, regardless of her earlier protestations over touring.
Hours later, she can be lifeless because the Brooklyn-born star and the eight members of her entourage had been killed when the aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff about 200 ft from the top of the runway, because it struggled to achieve altitude.
It was later revealed that the small twin-engine Cessna was considerably over its allotted weight by a number of hundred kilos and had yet one more passenger that it was licensed for.
The singer was killed with eight members of her entourage when her chartered aircraft crashed because it took off from the Bahamas
Particulars of what occurred on that fateful day are contained in a brand new e book, Child Lady: Higher Generally known as Aaliyah , by music journalist Kathy Iandoli.
The load was additionally not correctly distributed, making it more durable to manage as soon as airborne.
It additionally emerged the pilot had faked his certifications to get his license, and he was additionally discovered to have cocaine and alcohol in his system on the time of the accident.
Russell, now 33, who has remained silent for twenty years is talking out about what he says occurred within the hours earlier than the crash on that fateful day in a brand new e book, Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, by music journalist Kathy Iandoli.
Iandoli had lengthy been curious as to why Aaliyah, who was already a nervous flier, would have been insistent on getting onto a small aircraft, overloaded with baggage and tools, regardless of there being a chartered jet as a consequence of decide her up the next day.
Aaliyah had simply completed filming a music video for her track Rock The Boat and upon completion of the shoot, the workforce had been eager to get again to Miami, about 50 miles away.
After dropping the workforce off on the airport, Aaliyah had issues in regards to the plane after listening to that it could be chubby.
Feeling just a little underneath the climate and affected by a headache, she determined to spend time behind the cab with the air-con leaving her crew to kind the issues out.
Aaliyah was mentioned to be uncomfortable at boarding the small Cessna plane so went to sleep behind a taxi
Later, in line with Russell, somebody from her entourage returned to ask her what was fallacious. Aaliyah is claimed to have repeated her issues about getting on the aircraft at which level she was handed a sleeping tablet. She fell right into a deep sleep.
Russell headed again contained in the airport whereas the star dozed behind the taxi. Upon coming into the terminal, the e book particulars how he may hear folks bickering and arguing over the load issues and the next delays that had been being precipitated.
‘[The airport staff] and Aaliyah had the frequent sense that the aircraft was chubby,’ Russell is quoted within the e book.
Two hours later, the pilot as soon as once more suggested there was an excessive amount of cargo for the plane to fly. He was backed up by baggage handlers on the airport, however then the argument ended abruptly and the pilot agreed to proceed with the journey.
All of the whereas, Aaliyah was nonetheless quick asleep behind the taxi van fully unaware of what had been occurring contained in the airport terminal.
Moments after the takeoff the aircraft got here down killing everybody onboard
Russell particulars how Aaliyah was introduced out of the van and carried onto the aircraft regardless of her earlier reservations. She was nonetheless knocked out from no matter tablet she had been given.
‘They took her out of the van; she did not even know she was getting boarded on a aircraft,’ Russell states within the e book. ‘She went on the airplane asleep.’
Moments later, the plane was able to depart and started hurtling down the runway. It was airborne for lower than a minute earlier than it got here crashing down a few hundred ft from the top.
Though some on board survived the preliminary crash together with Aaliyah’s bodyguard and hair stylist, inside hours they had been all lifeless.
Aaliyah’s physique was discovered nonetheless strapped into her seat, about 20 ft away from the wreckage.
An post-mortem detailed main head trauma and intensive burns making her survival was ‘unthinkable.’
The pilot of the aircraft has earlier warned the plane was chubby with cargo and other people however finally he relented and determined to push forward with the journey again to the U.S. mainland
‘I bear in mind when Aaliyah handed away, I used to be actually upset,’ Iandoli mentioned to The Daily Beast. ‘The story saved saying that she was adamant about getting on the aircraft. I used to be virtually upset together with her. Why did you wish to get on that aircraft so badly?
‘In studying that she didn’t wish to get on the aircraft, for somebody like myself and so many different folks, I believe that is closure for us. It is an unlucky closure… however I wanted to listen to she did not wish to get on that aircraft; I wanted to know that. The one who I assumed had the most typical sense on this planet had frequent sense to not get on the aircraft. The truth that she was so adamant, staying within the cab, refusing — these are issues we by no means knew.
‘The one factor I’ve taken with me is that after 20 years, I can lastly say that Aaliyah did not wish to get on the aircraft,’ Iandoli says. ‘That makes me really feel just a little higher, however not a lot. This did not must occur. She ought to nonetheless be right here, and I believe that is the saddest half about it. She deserved higher.’
Aaliyah was simply 22 when she died on August 25, 2001 throughout a non-public flight again to the US from the Bahamas, the place she had shot the music video for her track Rock The Boat (above)