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The families of Jenni Rivera and the other victims of the tragic plane crash that led to their deaths are planning to sue the owner of the jet, Starwood Management LLC.
The group, which includes the families of publicist Arturo Rivera, makeup artist Jacobo "Jacob" Yebale, lawyer Mario Macias Pacheco and stylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez announced the wrongful death lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles. According to TMZ, in the suit, they claim that the Learjet was just a “bucket of bolts” and the Starwood should not have allowed the 78-year-old pilot to fly the plane. They claim that the pilot didn’t have an instrument flight rule license, which is required to fly anything about 35,000 feet.
They also name Rivera’s company for negligence as well. They are seeking unspecified damages.
Rivera and her entourage died on Dec. 9, when the plane took off from Monterrey, Mexico early in the morning. Just 10 minutes after takeoff, the plane went missing and their remains were later found.
As we previously reported, the 43-year-old Learjet was owned by Starwood, which has a troubled past with the law. Executive Christian E. Esquino Nunez had been accused of falsifying documents and spent two years in prison. The Drug Enforcement Administration is also investigating the company.
Meanwhile, The New York Daily News is reporting that local Mexican media reports say that Rivera performed for the Beltran Leyva drug cartel before her death. The Mexican paper Reforma cited a lawyer for the cartel, who would not give his name. Other reports link her to drug kingpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal.