Saturday, February 15, 2014

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

LOS ANGELES -- The husband of Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American pop star who died with six others in a 2012 plane crash, sued the aircraft's owners Friday alleging wrongful death.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, City News Service reported. He seeks unspecified damages.

Rivera, 43, was aboard a Learjet that nose-dived in northern Mexico on Dec. 9, 2012, about 15 minutes after departing Monterrey.

Rivera was known as the "Diva de la Banda" and died as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, had sold more than 15 million records, and moved into acting and reality television.

The 43-year-old superstar filed for divorce from Loaiza two months before the crash, but the lawsuit says he continued to receive financial benefits from her.

The suit names the plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.

An after-hours call seeking comment from Mark Velasquez, a San Diego attorney representing Starwood, wasn't immediately returned.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the 78-year-old pilot and the co-pilot weren't licensed to fly paying passengers. Both died in the crash.

It also contends that the jet had suffered damage to its airframe in a 2005 accident.

Last year, Mexico's civil aviation agency said the government violated laws by licensing the pilot because he exceeded the age limit for the kind of license he obtained. The report also said the Learjet was 43 years old and had flaws such as flying unevenly and trembling when it reached cruising speed.

The crash also killed Rivera's publicist, makeup artist, hairstylist and attorney. Their families filed a wrongful death lawsuit in January 2013 against Starwood and Rivera's company. 


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.

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