NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB ASSISTING GOVERNMENT OF BAHAMAS IN INVESTIGATION OF CRASH OF CESSNA 402

August 27, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Transportation Safety Board investigator Al Yurman has been designated the United States Accredited Representative to the Bahamian investigation of the crash of a Cessna 402 Saturday night that killed all 9 persons aboard, including entertainer Aaliyah.

The aircraft (N8097W) crashed shortly after takeoff on Abaco Island in the Bahamas for a flight to Opalocka, Florida. Yurman is being accompanied by investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, Cessna Aircraft and Continental Engines. They will provide assistance to the investigation being directed by Bahamian Investigator-in-Charge Randy Buttler. The American team arrived mid-day today.

Under international agreement, only the country investigating the accident can release factual information on the progress of the investigation. All media inquiries should be directed to the Police Department at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas at (242) 367-2560.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.