February 3rd 1959. They call it “The day the music died.”
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash that was blamed on “pilot error” and “heavy snow.”
The plane had only been in the air for 4 minutes.
The case may get reopened if one pilot gets his way.
He claims he’s discovered other issues that may have contributed to the crash, including weight and balance calculations, the plane’s climb and descent rate, fuel gauge readings and the possible removal of the craft’s passenger-side rudder.
Whether that was before or after takeoff… he didn’t specify.
That was 56 years ago. It’ll be interesting what the investigation turns up.