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As U.S. aviation experts arrived in the Bahamas Monday to help investigate the plane crash that killed entertainer Aaliyah and eight others, allegations have been raised that the Florida-bound flight was overloaded.
Bahamian authorities said the twin-engine Cessna 402 apparently had engine failure as it took off from Marsh Harbour. Witnesses said the plane climbed steeply, veered to the left, and landed nose-first in a swamp. A strange sound also was heard coming from the engines before the crash.
One islander, who did not want to be identified, told two Bahamian newspapers: "Baggage handlers at the airport had told those boarding the plane that there was too much baggage. But they insisted everything should go aboard. They wanted to cram it all in."
Gloria Knoles, an office …