A Learjet carrying Mexican “banda” singer Jenni Rivera– a Long Beach native and often-time Los Angeles resident — disappeared from radar near Monterrey in northern Mexico today, and no survivors were found in the wreckage, a Monterrey television affiliate reported.
Rivera, 43, is a Long Beach native whose records dominate the “banda” style of regional Mexican music popular in California and northwestern Mexico.
She has been one of the biggest stars on Mexico television, and is also popular on “regional Mexican” stations in California.
She reportedly kept residences in Mexico City and in the San Fernando Valley.
Searchers late today reportedly found crash wreckage, but no survivors, near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, according to the city’s mayor, quoted on the Televisa station in Monterrey. Iturbide is 60 miles from Monterrey.
The plane was owned by a Las Vegas company, Starlight Management, and it had departed earlier from Houston, according to an internet flight tracking service.
Initial reports indicated the plane had departed Monterrey after a concert at 3:15 a.m. and was headed to an airport near Mexico City.
Two pilots and five passengers were on board, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation said in a statement released in Mexico City.