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Aaliyah's parents settle suit against airplane owners. They blamed the companies behind the chartered plane for the 2001 crash that killed the singer

Aaliyah | MOVING ON Aaliyah's parents have settled with the airplane's owners
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MOVING ON Aaliyah's parents have settled with the airplane's owners

More than two years after Aaliyah's death in a chartered plane crash, her parents have finally settled a lawsuit against the aircraft's owners and operators, the Associated Press reports. Diane and Michael Houghton filed notice in federal court on Thursday that the case had been settled, with the terms of the settlement to be kept secret.

The singer-actress was 22 when her chartered Cessna 402B crashed in the Bahamas moments after takeoff. The Houghtons had sued plane operator Blackhawk International Airways Corp., owners Skystream Inc. and Gilbert Chacon, and flight broker Atlantic Flight Group. Investigators had reported that Blackhawk did not have permission from the Bahamas for commercial flights, and that the small plane was overloaded by hundreds of pounds. Neither the plaintiffs nor the defendants have commented on the settlement.

Originally posted Sep 09, 2003