Investigators seek cause of crash that killed singer Jenni Rivera

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Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 9:04 PM

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican aviation official says it will take at least 10 days to have a preliminary report on the plane crash that killed singer Jenni Rivera.

The 43-year-old singer, born in California, was on a Learjet with six other people that took off from Monterrey early Sunday after a concert there. The wreckage was found hours later in rugged territory in northern Mexico. The plane appeared to have disintegrated on impact.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to help investigate the crash.

Rivera was at the peak of her career as a singer in a style of Mexican music known as grupero. She was known for her soulful voice, as well as her openness about her personal troubles.

She was recently divorced from her third husband -- former Major League baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE'-zuh). And she told reporters after Saturday night's concert that she was trying to move away from her problems and "focus on the positive." She said, "I can't get caught up in the negative because that destroys you."

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143-w-33-(Sandy Kozel, AP correspondent, with music and fans of Jenni Rivera)--Mexico's music world is mourning Jenni Rivera, the U.S.-born singer presumed killed in a plane crash. AP correspondent Sandy Kozel looks at her popularity. (opens with sound) (10 Dec 2012)

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050-a-06-(Rosie Sifuentes, Jenni Rivera fan and Los Angeles resident, in AP interview)-"forward in life"-Fan Rosie Sifuentes says Jenni Rivera provided a good example to Latin women. (10 Dec 2012)

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051-a-13-(Julia Hernandez, Jenni Rivera fan and Los Angeles resident, in AP interview)-"bless the family"-Fan Julia Hernandez says she's sadden by the death of Latin singer Jenni Rivera. (10 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO XLAT301: In this picture taken March 8, 2012, Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles. The California-born singer who rose through personal adversity to become a superstar adored by millions in a male-dominated genre of Mexican-American music, was confirmed dead in a plane crash in northern Mexico, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (8 Mar 2012)

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APPHOTO CAPF113: A woman adjusts a flower in front of candles and pictures displayed in tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera's relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon) (10 Dec 2012)

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