Skip to comments.Plane Crash Victims’ Families File Suit Against Jenni Rivera’s Company, Owners Of Plane
Posted on 01/10/2013 3:09:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) The families of four of the six victims who were killed in a plane crash along with singer Jenni Rivera have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owned the plane, which crashed at more than 600 miles per hour.
Starwood Management, which owned and operated the Learjet 25, has been named in the suit. The families are blaming the company for negligence in allowing the plane to take flight.
Records show the jet, built in 1969, was heavily damaged during a 2005 landing and then later cleared to fly by officials.
According to documents, Starwood Management also had one of its planes seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in September.
Riveras company, Rivera Enterprises, has also been named in the suit.
The crash in the mountains of Northern Mexico on Dec. 9, 2012, killed Rivera, her publicist Arturo Rivera, her makeup artist Jacobo Jacob Yebale, her stylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez, her attorney Mario Macias Pacheco and the flight crew.
According to reports, the plane hit the ground 1.2 miles from where it began falling, plummeting at a nearly 45 degree angle from more than 28,000 feet.
KNX 1070 reporter Charles Feldman, a pilot who has been flying small planes for 20 years, said such a fall points to a few possible causes of the crash.
One would be some sort of catastrophic failure of the aircraft frame. Another possibility would be the crew, in this case the pilot and the co-pilot, being incapacitated, he said.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
What about the 110 year old pilot?
Seriously though, how about too much cargo/luggage exceeding maximum weight load then sudden shift of weight including her walking to the cabin with a couple other people, etc..??
I am not surprised at the speed given the altitude, the type of a/c, etc.
Maybe ... if they had made it to 35000 or more - bet they were so fast the flight surfaces were essentially useless. Near the end I mean.
I remember a series of similar crashes with Lear jets about 30 years ago. According to the NTSB, the pilots were flying them at such a high altitude, the stall speed and Mach speed were starting to merge. The aircraft would stall, pitch nose down, and go into a supersonic dive. Control surface flutter made the alerons and elevator useless. The aircraft basically turned into a high speed lawn dart.
Reminds me of AF 447 - very narrow speed range between stall and buffet. Think I would go with the Cessna Citation if I had money. Sure loved that Lockheed Jetstar with four engines they used on Magnum P.I.