The aircraft departed Monterrey at 3:30 AM. for a flight to
Toluca, a city just outside of Mexico City, a
flight that would have taken about an hour.
According to authorities communication with the
plane was lost 10 minutes after departure.
The Learjet 25 is a ten seat (two crew and eight
passengers), twin-engine, high speed business
jet aircraft manufactured by Learjet. It is a
stretched version of the Learjet 24.
Rivera was a generous supporter of Latino youth
empowerment initiatives and had been an active
member of Voto Latino's celebrity coalition and
contributed multiple Radio PSA's to the
organization's past voter registration and
Rivera's passing is a loss not just to her music
fans and the Latino community, but to artist
activists worldwide. From Rivera's outspoken
opposition to Arizona's SB1070 legislation to
her participation in Voto Latino's youth-focused
initiatives, the U.S. Latino community has lost
an important advocate and role model.
The NTSB is dispatching investigators to assist
the government of Mexico in its investigation of
the crash. The investigation is being conducted
by the Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica
Civil (DGAC) which will release all information.