Pilot In Aaliyah Crash Used Cocaine

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Postby Helena » Tue Jul 16, 2002 10:27 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=495&ncid=762&e=4&u=/ap/20020717/ap_en_mu/bahamas_aaliyah_crash_6Pilot in Aaliyah Crash Used Cocaine

By ROGAN M. SMITH, Associated Press Writer

The pilot of the small plane that crashed in the Bahamas last year — killing 22-year-old singer and actress Aaliyah, himself and seven others — had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, aviation officials said Tuesday.

An autopsy performed on Luis Antonio Morales Blanes' body revealed cocaine in his urine and traces of alcohol in his stomach, the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Authorities are investigating how the substances might have affected the pilot at the time of the August crash. Morales, 30, was sentenced to three years probation on charges of crack cocaine possession 12 days before the crash.

Aaliyah, who was already a two-time Grammy nominee for best female R&B vocalist, was leaving the Bahamas following a video shoot when the Cessna 402-B crashed during takeoff. All nine people aboard died.

The aviation department also said Tuesday the aircraft may not have undergone fuel-pump wiring modifications required in August 1988. Unidentified particles and corrosion found in the fuel filters were "indications that routine maintenance was not being performed," the statement said.

The investigative committee has not yet been able to talk to the plane's owner of the airplane, or inspect the engine or aircraft log books, which would show maintenance, it said.

The twin-engine plane was also at least 700 pounds overweight, investigators have said. Although nine people were on board, the plane is certified to carry up to eight including the pilot.

Inspection of the plane's engine, airframe, propeller and fuel system, however, has shown no cause for malfunction, authorities said Tuesday.

In May, the parents of Aaliyah filed a lawsuit against Virgin Records, alleging that negligence and recklessness caused the plane crash.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Diane and Michael Haughton, also named several video production companies and Blackhawk International Airways, the company that operated the plane.

Neither Blackhawk nor Skystream, the plane's registered owner, had a permit to operate commercial charter flights in the Bahamas, investigators said.

Blackhawk officials couldn't be reached for comment

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Postby Miss Moon » Wed Jul 17, 2002 1:05 pm

May he rot in hell!

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Postby justins bubbles » Fri Aug 09, 2002 11:16 pm

That's awful. I just watched Romeo Must Die and it made me so sad!


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Postby TinyElaine » Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:48 pm

That's so sad. If the pilot were alive, he'd be getting bashed so badly, right now. It was obviously just Aaliyah's time to go.

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Postby ADRIANA_A » Thu Jun 12, 2003 8:56 pm

It's so awful when you realise that Aaliyah's death could've been prevented. The overloading of luggage on the plane definetly was to mostly blame....witnesses said the plane literally nosedived upon takeoff, as if it was carrying too much weight.

But then i guess fate also may play a part. We all have a time. But the nature of her death was so horrific and heart breaking. I hope she is at peace and making beautiful music with the rest of the world's dearly departed musicians , wherever she and they may be.

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