On August 25, 2001, R&B singer, actor, and model Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas along with eight other individuals after a music video shoot. A wrongful death case was filed by her parents against several parties such as the airway company and Virgin records for creating unsafe transportation circumstances.
The lawsuit was filed on many grounds. It was alleged that Virgin records hired the airway despite knowing that the pilot was unqualified for the job and inexperienced. This tragic crash took place on the pilot’s first day with the airline.
Louis Morales III, the pilot, was also found to be intoxicated as toxicology tests revealed traces of cocaine in his system, and he also had criminal charges for possession of drugs. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had not approved the license of the pilot.
The aircraft was also carrying more passengers than it should have been, and the aircraft was 700 pounds overloaded. In 2003, the wrongful death claim reached a confidential settlement.