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R&B Singer's Aircraft "Substantially Overweight" at take-off.

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According to ABC News a preliminary report shows that the C402 in which AALIYAHwas travelling as a passenger, and which crashed after take-off, was tail heavy.

A preliminary accident report shows that the plane that crashed and killed singer Aaliyah and eight others in the Bahamas last month was "substantially" overloaded.
"The total weight of the luggage [and] fuel on board at the time of the accident, plus the weight of the passengers, showed that the total gross weight of the airplane was substantially exceeded," said a report from Bahamian investigators that was released over the weekend by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Preliminary calculations also showed that the plane was out of balance with too much weight in the tail area.

The report found no sign of mechanical difficulty with the Cessna 402B, but noted that authorities had not yet received the aircraft's logbooks.

"The complete maintenance history of the airplane is unknown," the report from Bahamian civil aviation authorities showed, Reuters reports.

Sources had previously indicated that excess weight may have played an important role in the crash that killed Aaliyah Haughton, the 22-year-old Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist, on Aug. 25.

Other questions have been raised concerning the safety records of Blackhawk International Airways, which owned the plane, and of the pilot, Luis Morales III.

Nine people were on board, but the Cessna 402B is certified to carry only six to eight people, including the pilot, a Cessna Aircraft Co. spokeswoman has said.
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