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This post includes unreleased raw crash site footage that was posted on a Facebook memorial page for approximately an hour and then was taken down and has now even been taken down from the site on which I downloaded it. That's what happens when a poster embeds a video rather than takes the time to download it. Now Liveleak is the only site with the video.
*WARNING: Crash site footage contains graphic material. Viewer discretion is advised.
Last picture taken of those onboard the plane prior to take off.
Driver license of Rivera found at crash site.
Millions of fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are mourning the death of Jenni Rivera, whose performances of soulful ballads sold out concert halls and made the singer a household name for many.
The Mexican-American singer died Sunday, December 9, when the small plane she was traveling in crashed in the mountains of northern Mexico, her brother told CNN. Rivera, 43, was known to fans as "La Diva de la Banda," or the Diva of Banda Music, establishing herself as a musical powerhouse with her Spanish-language performances of regional Mexican corridos, or ballads. Recently, she had been working to crack the English-language U.S. market.
The small Learjet plane that Rivera was flying in was 43 years old, the state-run Notimex news agency reported, citing the director of civil aviation for Mexico's Transportation Ministry.
Collecting evidence at the scene could take up to 10 days, Alejandro Argudin said, according to Notimex. The wreckage, which includes personal items that belonged to the singer, was spread out over an area that spans up to 300 meters (more than 320 yards), officials said.
Crews searched for the remains of Rivera and six others Monday amid the wreckage of a plane that crashed in a remote, mountainous area in northern Mexico on Sunday.
"The plane was totally destroyed. ... It is a great tragedy," her brother, Gustavo Rivera, told CNN en Español.
There were no survivors, and the singer's publicist, lawyer and makeup artists were among those killed, he said. Family members were planning to travel to Mexico on Monday as investigators work to determine what caused the crash.
Another brother, Juan Rivera, seemed to hold out hope at a news conference Monday evening, saying: "In our eyes we will have faith that our sister will be OK. We have no confirmation of her body being recovered, dead or alive."
Federal police are on hand at a base near the plane crash site Sunday in Iturbide, Mexico. "The aircraft was destroyed, totally fragmented," an aviation official told CNN affiliate
Civil protection personnel and soldiers inspect the perimeter of the crash site Sunday. The plane took off early Sunday from Monterrey, Mexico, and shortly lost contact with air traffic
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that it was dispatching a team to help with the investigation.
According to records from the U.S. agency, the airplane was substantially damaged during a 2005 accident when it struck a runway marker near Amarillo, Texas. At the time, the plane's pilot reported losing the ability to steer the twin-engine turbojet.
As the investigation into Sunday's crash continued, fans, family members and entertainers said they were devastated to learn of Rivera's death.
"The world rarely sees someone who has had such a profound impact on so many," Universal Music Group said in a statement. "From her incredibly versatile talent to the way she embraced her fans around the world, Jenni was simply incomparable. "
Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor Monday afternoon, Sen. Marco Rubio described Rivera as "a real American success story."
RAW CRASH SCENE FOOTAGE:
Singer Jenni Rivera
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