Aaliyah's Parents Settle Crash Lawsuit
Diane and Michael Haughton, parents of R&B singer and actress Aaliyah, have settled their negligence lawsuit over her death in a 2001 plane crash, Miami-based attorneys for the Haughtons tell CNN.
Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Aaliyah, a platinum-selling singer and movie star (whose credits included “Romeo Must Die” and “Queen of the Damned,” the latter of which was released posthumously), was 22 at the time of her death.
The Haughtons sued the plane’s operator, Blackhawk International Airways Corp., as well as the craft’s owners, Skystream Inc. and Gilbert Chacon, and flight broker Atlantic Flight Group.
After filming a music video in the Bahamas, Aaliyah and eight others were aboard a chartered Cessna 402B when it fatally crashed shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas on its way back to Florida.
Investigators believed the plane was overloaded by some 700 lbs. Blackhawk, meanwhile, lacked permission to operate commercial flights from the Bahamas, CNN reports.
Late last week, attorneys for Aaliyah’s parents filed notice in federal court to say the case has been settled with an agreement to keep details confidential.
CNN’s calls to attorneys in the case were not returned Monday.