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Jenni Rivera Crash

Victims' Families SUE

Jet a 'Bucket of Bolts'

1/10/2013 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Family members of the people who perished alongside Mexican singer Jenni Rivera in a gruesome plane crash last month have just filed a lawsuit -- blaming the plane's owners for negligence ... and they're also going after Jenni's company for money -- calling the plane "a bucket of bolts."

Relatives of Arturo Rivera (Jenni's publicist), Jacobo "Jacob" Yebale (her makeup artist), Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez (her stylist), and Mario Macias Pacheco (her lawyer) have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Starwood Management, the owner of the Learjet that was carrying Jenni and her entourage when it crashed into the mountains of Northern Mexico, killing everyone on board.

According to the lawsuit, the families claim Starwood negligently allowed the plane to take off that fateful day -- among other things, they say the 78-year-old pilot was not licensed to fly "passengers for hire."  They also say the pilot didn't have an instrument flight rule license, something that was necessary at 35,000 feet.

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The families are also suing Jenni Rivera's company for the same negligence. They want unspecified damages.

As we reported the DEA has been investigating Starwood Management and its planes for a while now, and even seized two of the company's planes early last year.

Jenni's plane -- a 1969 Learjet 25 -- had reportedly logged 43 years worth of flights and been previously damaged in an accident back in 2005. An exec at Starwood said the plane was perfectly maintained.

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1.

DaveT    

firstfirstfirstfirstfirst!

601 days ago
2.

Sir Boo    

1969 seems kind of old for an airplane.

601 days ago
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kalilaA    

This is just so sad :(

601 days ago
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Chellybutt    

I would sue the plane company thats for sure, but jenni's company? Now aren't you just getting a tad greedy? Jenni's company had nothing to do with the plane malfunctions.

601 days ago
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LISA    

I sure wouldn't want to fly in a plane that old. If the info in this article is true, I can't say I blame the families for filing a lawsuit. If this tragedy was preventable, those responsible need to pay up and ensure it doesn't happen again.

601 days ago
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Jules Destaing    

And "SUE the mountain" for jumping in front of the plane.

601 days ago
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Laura    

A very old plane that had been in a previous accident, from a company the DEA is investigating, and had removed two other planes from the fleet, and a 78 year old pilot...I believe this lawsuit will move forward.

601 days ago
8.

Muppet    

I feel bad for this family but no amount of money will bring them back and will only prolong their grieving.

601 days ago
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Truth    

SOUNDS LIKE A SLAM DUNK CASE TO MOI... BUT WATCH... THE COMPANY WILL TRY TO SETTLE, REACH AN AGREEMENT, THEN NEVER PAY AND GETS BOGGLED IN COURT FOR THE NEXT 25YRS TILL ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS DIE. OJ 101. #TRUTH!!

601 days ago
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eicarr     

That's what you get going to a dumpy country on the cheap. She could afford first class and if she rode that instead of toy deathtraps she'd still be alive.

601 days ago
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Swtpea    

Lawsuit lottery, here we go

601 days ago
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bernergirl    

I see why they would sue Star Management, but why sue Jenni's company?

601 days ago
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homo     

its the dumb wets fault for getting the plane in the first place

601 days ago
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wendy    

i would go after those clowns that put the video of the plane wreck on the internet, the one that had body parts in it.

601 days ago
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Phreaky    

Well this took about a month longer than expected. First thing on a family's mind after a loved one dies is "who can I sue?"

601 days ago
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