The family of Jenni Rivera’s makeup artist and friend, Jacob Yebale, who died in the plane crash that killed the singer and five others, has filed a lawsuit against the company that owned, operated and maintained the private jet that crashed 60 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico on December 9.
The petition was filed by Yebale's estate on January 2 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois by Ribbeck Law Chartered, a Chicago-based law firm devoted to improving international passenger safety and seeking justice for aviation tragedy victims and their families.
According to Monica Kelly, head of Global Aviation for the law firm, the lawsuit seeks "multi-million dollar damages award to bring to justice all responsible parties including the owner, the leasing company, the maintenance company, and Learjet, the company that designed and manufactures the aircraft."
A hearing has been scheduled for February 6 at 9 a.m. in Chicago’s Cook County Court. The plane, a Learjet 25 that had a prior malfunction back in 2005 nosedived from an altitude of 28,000 feet at a speed of 600 miles an hour, killing all on board, including Yebale, Rivera, her publicist, stylist, attorney, and two pilots.
Yebale, who posted a picture on board the plane just before it crashed, was laid to rest in Jalisco, Mexico, where his remains will reportedly stay so his mother can visit him.