Photo: Jenni Rivera Plane found in El Ejido de El Tejocote, Nuevo Leon
Mexican authorities are reporting they have located what they believe to be the wreckage of the LearJet 25 that Jenni Rivera was traveling in from Monterrey, Mexico to Toluca with six other passengers. There are no survivors and no large portion of the plane was found. Campesinos found the plane’s remains some 12 hours after it went missing, near the town of Iturbide by the El Tejocote ejido.
The region where the plane was found is surrounded by the Pico de Orizaba and Popcatepetl volcanos.
The private plane left Monterrey, after Rivera finished performing at The Arena around 3:30 a.m. and lost contact with air control 15 minutes later. The plane was due to arrive in Toluca, outside of Mexico City at 4:40 a.m.
The Mexican-American singer was due to appear on ‘La Voz’ or Mexico’s version of ‘The Voice’ this evening. The world of banda and norteño music is mourning one of its great female voices. Rivera had an adoring female audience due in great part to her powerful renditions of songs of betrayal and heartache much of what she endured in her short life.
The mother of five had lived through several failed marriages, her son’s arrest and the sexual abuse of her sister at the hands of her ex-husband. Trinidad Marin, Rivera’s ex, is currently serving a 31-years-to-life sentence for molesting his daughter and his sister-in-law.
Rivera was arrested in 2009, in Mexico City carrying over $50,000 in undeclared cash and from that point forward the singer was said to prefer flying private.