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Victim’s family seeks records in Rivera air crash

Make-up artist’s relatives want information on the aircraft’s history

Image Credit: AP
This April 25, 2012 photo released by Telemundo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. (AP Photo/Telemundo, Gary I Rothstein/Telemundo)

The family of a make-up artist killed in a plane crash that also claimed the life of singer Jenni Rivera is trying to force the aircraft’s manufacturer to identify all those who had owned, operated and repaired the Learjet 25.

Rivera’s make-up artist, Jacob Yebale, was among the seven people killed when the aircraft crashed on December 9 in northern Mexico.

Yebale’s family filed a request last week in an Illinois court to compel Bombardier Aerospace and its Learjet division to turn over information on the aircraft’s history, including the names of all those who owned, operated and performed maintenance on the plane.

The petition for discovery was filed on Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois because Bombardier does a substantial amount of business in the state.