Date: December 09, 2012
Time: 03:30
Location: Near Iturbide, Mexico
Operator: Starwood Management LLC
Flight #: ?
Route: Monterey, Mexico - Toluca, Mexico
AC Type: Learjet 25
Registration: N345MC
cn / ln: 25-046
Aboard: 7   (passengers:5  crew:2)
Fatalities: 7   (passengers:5  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The charter jet crashed about 60 miles from Monterey Mexico, about ten minutes after taking off. The plane plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 mph. Mexican-American singerJenni Rivera 43, her publicist and make-up artist were among the dead. She had just finished giving a concert in Monterey and was en route to Toluca to tape a Mexican TV show. A sudden and abrupt lack of control during ascent that provoked a sheer vertical drop of the plane that could have been triggered by a problem with the plane’s horizontal stabilizer. The plane was over 43 years old. The pilot, 78 was authorized to only fly as copilot. The copilot was not authroized to fly out of the United States. The copilot was not authorized to fly IFR which the plane was doing at the time of the accident.

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