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Jenni Rivera’s relatives, along with the families of her entourage, are suing her company for wrongful death.
Rivera died after her plane crashed nearly 60 miles after takeoff. She and five others onboard along with two pilots were killed when the plane went down.
E! News reports that the families filing the lawsuit allege that the aircraft was not maintained properly and that the 78-year-old pilot and 20-year-old copilot were not licensed to carry passengers.
The families of Arturo Rivera, Jacobo Yebale, Jorge Armando Sanchez Yasquez and Mario Macias Pacheco are seeking damages regarding funeral costs, benefits, emotional support and loss of love, among many other things.
Paul Kiesel, attorney representing the plaintiffs, told reporters, “Neither pilot was licensed to operate this aircraft at the time and altitude it was flying.”
Kiesel adds, “We cast a wide net to find out exactly who is responsible and it may be that they're not. We have named Rivera Enterprises, who likely arranged the charter of this plane, in hindsight a very bad decision."
Starwood Management exec Christian E. Esquino Nuñez previously stated that he believed the pilot had a heart attack while in flight.