US singer among dead in Bahamas plane crash


US R&B singer and actress Aaliyah is among eight people who have died in a light aircraft crash in the Bahamas.

She and eight others were flying back to the United States after filming her latest video when the plane crashed at the end of the runway during take-off.

Eight people on board were killed and one critically injured man was flown to Florida for treatment.

"We find it devastating and most unfortunate that after having this world-famous star Aaliyah and her crew select the Bahamas as their choice location for her latest video, the project has climaxed on such a tragic note," said Minister of Tourism Mr Tommy Turnquest.

The minister happened to be visiting Abaco Island, where the plane went down.

Aaliyah's song Try Againearned her a Grammy nomination for best female R&B vocalist. She made her feature acting debut in the film Romeo Must Die.

Bahamian national television quoted the civil aviation department as saying Aaliyah was among nine Americans on board.

The cause of the crash is unclear. Ms Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the US Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, said the plane was a Cessna 402 owned by Skystream, a company based in Pembroke Pines, Florida.