It’s the day the music died.
In the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, a small aircraft carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed a few miles from Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa.
Pilot Roger Peterson also died in the crash.
The voice of the hit songs “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day” was silenced forever.
A few months later, the Civil Aeronautics Board blamed the accident primarily on pilot error and secondarily on snow.
Now, the National Transportation Safety Board, the successor to the aeronautics board, may be taking another look.
The NTSB received a letter from aviation enthusiast L.J. Coon, a self-described retired pilot and aircraft dispatcher, asking it to look at other possible contributing factors to the crash. They include the aircraft’s weight and balance calculations (for passengers, baggage and fuel), possible issues with rudder panels and…
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