American R&B singer and actress Aaliyah was one of nine people killed in the crash of a small plane in the Bahamas.

The Cessna carrying the 22-year-old and her entourage plunged to the ground and burned Saturday shortly after takeoff from the island of Abaco on a flight bound for Opa Locka, Florida.

Aaliyah was in the Bahamas filming a music video.

One passenger survived the crash, but died early Sunday before he could be airlifted to a hospital in Florida.

The cause of the crash is unclear. Authorities say the plane's wreckage was badly mangled and workers removed severely burned bodies.

The singer was born Aaliyah Haughton on January 6, 1979, in Detroit and began singing at the age of 11. Her first album, "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" came out when she was just 15.

She garnered a Grammy nomination for her song "Try Again", and received praise for her acting roles.

She appeared in the film "Romeo Must Die", and was scheduled to appear in the upcoming sequel to "The Matrix".