Buddy Holly Crash Probe May Be Reopened – Daily Beast

Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board may be taking a closer look into the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly. On February 3, 1959, a plane carrying Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “Big Bobber” Richardson crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing everyone on board. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled the accident occurred due to errors on the part of pilot Roger Petersen. However, the NTSB may decide to re-examine the crash after a petition by L.J. Coon, who describes himself as a retired pilot and a former FAA test proctor. Coon believes a new investigation could “save lives” he told the Des Moines Reigster via email and vindicate Petersen. “I believe that the NTSB will review pilot Peterson’s diagnostic actions in the aircraft during this 3.5-minute flight and realize the heroic efforts that took place,” he said in his email.


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