Hispanic singer dies in plane crash at 43

Dafne Bravo

Singer Jenni Rivera, also known to Hispanics as “La diva de la banda,” died this Sunday, Dec. 9 in a plane crash. She was 43.

According to univision.com, Rivera, boarded the Learjet 25 plane, along with 6 other passengers, which departured at 3:15 a.m.

By 3:20 a.m., the plane lost contact with the tower radar which was about 61 miles away from Monterrey, Mexico.

The plane is believed to have disintegrated and impacted in the town of Iturbide in the state of Nuevo Leon.

At 4:40 a.m., the tower awaiting for them at the airport of Toluca noticed the plane hadn’t arrived and officials were informed.

Two helicopters and an airplane were sent to search for the plane.

By 7 a.m., it was officially announced that the plane went missing.

Families were informed later after the announcement by authorities, the first one to find out was Rivera’s brother and singer Lupillo Rivera.

According to univision.com, rumors spread that it might have been a kidnapping, but plane fragments along with body parts were found on the scene which caused a speculation that it might have been Rivera and the other passengers with her.

Rivera’s crushed driver’s license was found along with other belongings which right away concerned everyone on the possibility of any other clues to lead to the conclusion of what really happened.

As days passed, more information has been out linking to the many reasons the accident occurred.

Many television networks such as Univision and Telemundo which covered Rivera’s tragedy back to back found that the 78 year-old pilot Miguel Perez Soto was not allowed to fly a plane during night time and his co-pilot Alejandro Torres was 20 years old and might not have had the necessary knowledge to manouver a plane in an emergency situation.

According to billboard.com, “Pérez Soto, a Mexican resident, held a U.S. license that was not valid for the carriage of persons or property for compensation, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s records.”

The plane as a coincidence also happens to be flying for the past 43 years, the same as Rivera’s deceased age and it already had been reported to have had technical problems before.

It was also revealed recently that the plane nose-dived almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet at 600 miles per hour.

According to the LA Times, “Authorities said they believe they have found her (Rivera’s) remains but are awaiting DNA testing.”

According to Univision website, 200 body fragments are said to be found, it will take approximately by Friday to finally reveal and confirm the DNA matches.

Univision’s news program (Noticiero Univision) also anounced and covered the arrival of Rivera’s remains tonight exactly at 8:40 p.m. in Long Beach, Calif.

Fans arrived not only at the airport but at the residence belonging to Rivera’s mother in Lakewood, Calif. to wait and support the family and their idol.