Singer Jenni Rivera presumed dead in plane crash
The Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is feared to have died in a plane crash after wreckage was found with no survivors.
Her brother, Gustavo Rivera, told CNN late Sunday that authorities contacted the family,saying that there are no survivors.
The plane that took off early Sunday from Monterrey, Mexico, and lost contact with air traffic controllers a short time later. A total of six people were onboard: Rivera, her publicist, her lawyer, a family friend and two pilots.
Rivera’s father, according to published reports, said there were up to seven people on the plane, though he did not identify those believed to be onboard.
Rivera, who was born in California to Mexican parents, has sold more than 15 million records and has huge numbers of fans on both sides of the border. She was a judge on TV show The Voice Of Mexico, one of the biggest stars of the Mexican regional style known as grupero music, which is influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles.
The wreckage of the small aircraft in which she is believed to have been travelling hours after a concert was discovered in northern Mexico on Sunday.
Officials said “everything points toward” it being the US-registered Lear Jet 25 that had been carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca, outside Mexico City, from Monterrey.
The impact was so powerful that the remains of the plane were “almost unrecognisable”, although a mangled California driver’s licence with Rivera’s name and picture was found among the debris.