Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:32 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 11:13 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- More than a month after a plane carrying Latin pop star Jenni Rivera plummeted to the ground in Northern Mexico killing everyone on board, the family of the plane's co-pilot have hired a Corpus Christi attorney to investigate what caused the plane to crash.
Alejandro Torres, 20, of Mexico, was co-piloting the Learjet 45 when it crashed Dec. 9 near Nuevo Leon. A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week seeking monetary damages against River's company, Rivera Enterprises, claims Torres was not qualified to fly a Learjet.
Torres' mother, Lizette Alvarez, said she hopes the investigation will clear her son's name. "What I ask for is that the name of my son comes out clean and vindicated. That's what I ask for as a mother - for his name to be respected, and to give him the place that he deserves."
Their attorney, Craig Sico, said he is confident that their investigation will reveal that Torres was not responsible for the crash. "We think this is completely an aircraft issue and we believe that the aircraft issue is one that will bear out to be either maintenance or design of some nature."
Sico pointed out that jets similar to the one that crashed have been involved in other fatal accidents in recent years.
Torres' family hired Sico because he specializes in avaiation law.
At this point, Torres' parents have not filed a lawsuit against Learjet, but Sico said that may happen eventually.
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