Jenni Rivera Killed in Mysterious Plane Crash

Superstar beloved on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border flew in a 4-decade-old plane.
2:20 | 12/11/12

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Now, to the latest on the death of musical superstar jenni rivera. She was killed in a plane crash that right now has no apparent cause. A team of investigators is on the case, rushing to find out why her lear jet went down. Jim avila has been tracking the latest in washington. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, amy. The loss of this homegrown superstar, beloved on both sides of the border, is under investigation by u.S. And mexican officials. Under scrutiny, the maintenance of the plane and the medical record of a pilot in his late 70s. Mexican-american superstar jenni rivera may be lost. Her twin-engine lear jet, spread over a 1,000-foot debris field. But overnight, her family refused to give up on a miracle. We have no confirmation of her body being recovered. We are strong. And we'll continue to stay strong. Reporter: Still, the news from investigators is not encouraging. Reports of a rapid lost of altitu altitude, just outside monterrey, mexico, where the mexican-american superstar had performed the night before the crash. Now, we're learning that the small twin-engine lear jet was old. It was a 43-year-old jet. And one of the two pilots was 78. Both of those factors will be investigated by mexican authorities, aided by the american national transportation safety board. There's no age limit for pilots. Reporter: As for the plane, it had one serious crash in 2005. A different pilot ran off the runway, during landing at amaril amarillo, texas. The ntsb blamed the pilot for losing control. If there was a problem back in 2005, it would wait this long to manifest itself. Reporter: Mexican authorities say it will take up to ten days for the initial result of the investigation to be known, leaving behind a grieving but still hopeful family. And fans. She was morehan just a song writer and a singer and a very famous singer. She was a personality. Reporter: Mexican officials are hoping to find a black box in the wreckage that would have recorded any mechanical issue and/or a voice recorder that could have captured the last moments in the cockpit.

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