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Singer Jenni Rivera killed in Mexico plane crash


The famed Mexican-American pop singer Jenni Rivera and six other people died when their Learjet 25 crashed early Sunday morning. The plane crashed about 10 minutes after leaving Monterrey, in northeastern Mexico near the Texas border, en route to Mexico City. Investigators have released few details of the circumstances of the crash, but said the wreckage was spread over a fairly large area, with most of the plane broken up into small pieces on impact. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Mexico, since the plane was registered in the U.S. to a company based in Las Vegas. The 1969 Learjet was damaged and rebuilt following a runway excursion in 2005 in Amarillo, according to FAA records. The plane had a different owner at the time of that accident. Rivera, 43, was the most famous female singer of the Mexican style of music known as grupero, a genre dominated by male artists.