Relatives of two hair stylists killed in a plane crash along with R&B star Aaliyah have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the star’s record label VIRGIN and BLACKHAWK AVIATION, the company which owned the plane that went down in the fatal crash.
The suits, issued in Los Angeles Superior Court, allege that the light plane was overloaded when it crashed, carrying Aaliyah and eight others from the Bahamas to Florida following a video shoot last August. They also claim that Virgin “put profits over safety” by cutting transportation costs in a way that contributed to the accident.
Reuters reports that Brian Panish, the lawyer representing the families of Eric Forman and Anthony Dodd, said he believed the lawsuits were the first to be filed by families of those killed in the crash in the Bahamas.
Virgin Records and Blackhawk Aviation have yet to comment on the actions.
Charles Henderson, brother of 29-year-old Forman, said yesterday (February 27) his family was devastated at the accident. “These kids were young, urbane, at the top of their game,” he said.
Aaliyah‘s family have not sought any compensation through the courts.
Preliminary reports into the accident said the plane plus its baggage, fuel and passengers, was substantially overweight and out of balance with too much weight in the tail area. It crashed shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas.