New information in plane crash that killed singer Jenni Rivera

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by Angela Kocherga, 3TV Border Bureau

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Posted on December 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 7:12 PM

MONTERREY, Mexico -- Mexican authorities say they have found no evidence of emergency calls made before the plane crash that reportedly claimed the life of singer and entertainer Jenni Rivera.

Authorities believe the 43 year old Mexican-American celebrity died Sunday when her small plane crashed shortly after taking off in Mexico.

One of the leaders in the crash investigation told a radio station that there were no records of the pilot making any distress calls before the plane went down.

Mexican officials believe the plane dropped 28,000 feet at speeds that might have exceeded 600 mph.

“The plane practically nose-dived. The impact must have been terrible,” investigator Gerardo Ruiz Esparza says.

Rivera's legions of fans are mourning the loss of the star, with many people lighting candles and holding vigils.

“She was the Diana Ross of Mexican music," said Gustavo Lopez, an executive vice president at Universal Music Latin Entertainment. Based on ticket sales, Rivera was by far the top-grossing female artist in Mexico.

Teams from both the United States and Mexico are investigating the cause of the plane crash that killed the singer and six other people.

Rivera's driver's license was discovered in the wreckage of the crash. Mexico's ministry of transportation has not confirmed her death outright, but said she had been aboard the plane, and no one survived.

The Long Beach native leaves behind five children.

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