AALIYAH ENTOURAGE ACCUSED OF LIES

The New York Post reports that Blackhawk International Airways president Gilbert Chacon told acquaintances he was due to pick up five people for the flight, not eight...

The owner of the plane that crashed and killed AALIYAH just over a week ago claims the singer’s entourage lied about how many people would be aboard the craft.

According to the New York Post, Gilbert Chacon, president of Blackhawk International Airways, told acquaintances he was due to pick up five people for the flight, not eight. Aaliyah, seven friends and colleagues and the aircraft’s pilot Luis Morales were killed when their Cessna 4028 crashed almost immediately after take off from the Bahaman island Abaco on a short journey to Miami’s Lantana Airport.

Lantana Airport manager Owen Gassaway claims Chacon told him of the overload. “With five passengers, everything would have been fine,” Gassaway said, adding that the plane could have easily coped with six passengers and their luggage. He said Chacon was “real upset about it [the crash] and did not have too much to say. But he did say his company was scheduled to pick up five passengers.” Chacon has refused to speak to the media.

Gassaway also said that Chacon kept his aircraft in “immaculate condition”, and he responded to claims that Morales did not hold a proper pilot’s licence saying there was “no way Gil would have let someone fly that plane who wasn’t qualified.”