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Learjet 25, Starwood Management LLC, N345MC: Accident occurred December 09, 2012 in Monterrey, Mexico

NTSB Identification: DCA13RA025  
Accident occurred Sunday, December 09, 2012 in Monterrey, Mexico
Aircraft: LEARJET INC 25, registration: N345MC
Injuries: 7 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 9, 2012, at 0333 Central Standard Time, a Learjet 25, N345MC, crashed in mountainous terrain at an elevation of about 5,600 feet above mean sea level approximately 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico. The flight departed General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MMMY), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico at 0319 and was enroute to Lic. Adolfo Lopez Mateo International Airport (MMTO), Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico. The two crew members and five passengers on board were fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

The Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil of Mexico (DGAC) is investigating the accident. The NTSB has designated a U.S. Accredited Representative under the provisions of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 as the State of Manufacture and Registry of the aircraft.

Inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to:

Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil
Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Providencia No. 807 — 6° piso
Colonia del Valle
Codigo Postal 03100
México, D.F.

Relatives of a makeup artist who died last month in a plane crash with Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera have asked the court to force the aircraft's manufacturers to turn over any documents that show who repaired and maintained it before its final flight. 

 Jacob Yebale, a California resident, was on board the jet with Rivera and five others when it crashed Dec. 9 in northern Mexico, according to a petition for discovery filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. The Learjet 25 nose-dived 28,000 feet before crashing into the mountains near Iturbide, Mexico, leaving no survivors.

Yebale's relatives want Learjet Corp. and Bombardier Aerospace Corp. to hand over records showing who operated and repaired the aircraft before and at the time of the crash. The plane was designed and manufactured by Learjet, which was later acquired by Bombardier, according to the petition.

The companies could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. The petition was filed in Cook County because Bombardier does substantial business in Illinois.

An executive at the firm that owns the plane told the Los Angeles Times last month that the 1969 Learjet was properly maintained and that the crash may have happened after the 78-year-old pilot suffered a heart attack.

Rivera first gained fame for her banda music, a Mexican regional style heavy on machismo and brass instruments. A rare woman in the genre, Rivera often sang -- in Spanish and English -- about her chaotic personal life: three husbands, five children and struggles with her weight and domestic violence.

Rivera sold more than 20 million albums and, in recent years, had started to expand her business empire. She had a weekly radio program, clothing and cosmetics lines, and a hand in several reality shows, including "I Love Jenni."

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

  Regis#: 345MC        Make/Model: LJ25      Description: LEARJET 25
  Date: 12/09/2012     Time: 0630

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed



INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   7
                 # Crew:   7     Fat:   7     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: DALLAS, TX  (SW05)                    Entry date: 12/10/2012