Luis Morales III was the pilot of the Cessna Aaliyah and members of her recording company Virgin Records boarded on their fatal flight on August 25, 2001. He was killed alongside them.
Morales had a sister. She spoke out after his death, asserting that he was experienced from having been flying since he was fourteen.
Morales had a history with planes. He was interested in them as a child and would receiving flight training at age 17 when attending school for it.
He received his pilot license in February 2000. Weeks before the crash, he was caught driving through a stop sign on August 7, 2001. He was caught with pieces of crack cocaine.