Authorities in Mexico have said that a small plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has gone missing after taking off from the city of Monterrey, although her management told Billboard.biz this afternoon that "nothing is confirmed."
Mexico's Civil Aeronautics authority (DGAC) confirmed on its website this afternoon that it has "initiated investigations about the alleged fall of a plane owned by Starwood Management with tags N345MC, which took place this morning in the state of Nueva León."
According to the report, the LearJet left Monterrey at 3:15 am and lost contact with the radar 61.8 miles from Monterrey. Search parties were sent out at 4:40 a.m. local time, with the help of two helicopters and a plane.
The plane was en route from Monterrey to Toluca. Rivera performed a concert at Arena Monterrey last night. Rivera, an avid user of twitter, last sent out tweets at approximately 5 am ET.
The singer, one of the most successful female performers on Latin charts today, is signed to Fonovisa/UMLE and is also the star of her own reality television show, "I Love Jenni," on cable network mun2. She recently signed a deal with ABC to star in her own comedy series, titled "Jenni."
She has had 10 top 10 songs on Billboard's Regional Mexican Airplay chart (including a No. 1); 8 top 10 entries on the Regional Mexican Albums chart (including four No. 1s); seven top 10 hits on the Top Latin Albums chart (including one No. 1); and one top 10 hit on the Hot Latin Songs chart. She has sold approximately 1,158,000 albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
She took part in a Q&A at Billboard's Latin Music Conference in April of this year.
Billboard.biz will have more on the situation as it develops.