Wed, Jun 09, 2004
Aaliyah's Record Label Sues For Vengeance
It was the latest crash to break America's heart -- a Cessna 402
that went down on take-off from Marsh Harbor Airport in the Bahamas
two years ago. On board, budding music and film star Aaliyah, who
had been in the Abaco Islands shooting a music video.
As ANN first reported, the Cessna 402B owned by Skystream, Inc.
and operated by Blackhawk International Airways, went down at the
end of the runway on August 25, 2001.
Investigators quickly found the pilot wasn't certified to
operate under 14 CFR Part 135 and the aircraft itself had a
questionable maintenance background. The aircraft was severely
overloaded and the pilot had cocaine and alcohol in his system,
according to investigators.
Monday, a New York judge ruled Aaliyah's record label,
Blackground Records, can sue the video producer who arranged for
the flight. Instinct Productions had fought back, saying Aaliyah
was an employee of Blackground Records and, as such, Blackground
Now, the judge says
Aaliyah wasn't an employee, but an "asset," clearing the way for
the suit to proceed.
The suit says Instinct caused "harm, loss and damage" by not
ensuring "the careful and safe transportation of Aaliyah."
Blackground wants millions of dollars in its attempt to make up
for the earnings it would have made if Aaliyah were still alive.
The 22-year old singer's parents have already settled their suit
against another record company involved in the video shoot, the
aircraft owner and operator.
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