Initially published by the Daily News on August 26, 2001.). Trendy R& actress and B singer Aaliyah was killed along with seven other people last night, when their private plane crashed minutes after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said.

“It’s a wreck,” Marsh Harbour Authorities Assistant Superintendent Leeland Russell told the Daily News from the website.

The airplane went down in marshlands about 200 to 250 feet off the runway of the tiny airport, Russell said.

The aircraft appeared to have hit the bottom nose first, Russell said, judging from the extensive damage to the front of the airplane.

CNN said t were reports the plane was overloaded.

Russell said rescuers worked swiftly to pull the seven men and two women from the wreckage.

Aaliyah’s song “Try Again” earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.