Friday, March 4, 2016

Lawyer in Jenni Rivera plane crash lawsuit going after aircraft owners: Learjet 25, Starwood Management LLC, N345MC

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer for relatives of four members of Jenni Rivera’s entourage killed with her in the 2012 crash of a Learjet near Monterrey, Mexico, told a judge today he will pursue a default judgment against the aircraft owners.

Attorney Steven Archer represents family members of Rivera’s publicist, Arturo Rivera; makeup artist Jacobo Yebale; hairstylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez; and her lawyer, Mario Macias Pacheco.

Their lawsuit is consolidated with one that was brought separately on behalf of relatives of Miguel Perez Soto, one of two pilots who died in the crash.

Starwood Management LLC is the only remaining defendant in the case, Archer said. Starwood is facing a possible default judgment because the company last took part in the case in February 2014.

All other defendants were dismissed, including Jenni Rivera Enterprises Inc. and Duncan Aviation Inc., which maintained the 1969 Learjet 25, according to Archer.

In September 2014, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig granted a motion striking Starwood’s answer to the part of the case filed by the Rivera entourage’s family members. That opened the door for the possible default judgment against Starwood that Archer said he will now pursue. Kendig scheduled a hearing for April 14 to update her on the default effort.

Meanwhile, Anthony Lopez, an attorney for the Rivera family, said attempts are still being made to serve Starwood with the separate lawsuit the singer’s relatives filed against the company in December 2014. A hearing on the progress of those attempts is scheduled June 22.

The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2012 -- 15 minutes after takeoff -- in the mountains of northern Mexico. Rivera had just performed in Monterrey and was on her way to Mexico City to appear on the Mexican version of “The Voice.”

Rivera, 43, dominated the banda style of regional Mexican music popular in California and northwestern Mexico. She was one of the biggest stars on Mexico television and was popular on “regional Mexican” stations in California.

Original article can be found here:

NTSB Identification: DCA13RA025
Accident occurred Sunday, December 09, 2012 in Monterrey, Mexico
Aircraft: LEARJET INC 25, registration: N345MC
Injuries: 7 Fatal.

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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