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Buddy Holly Plane Crash: NTSB May Give Fatal 1959 Accident a Fresh Look

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 03:39 PM

The Buddy Holly plane crash that killed the rock 'n' roll legend in 1959 may get a fresh look if the National Transportation Safety Board decides to reopen its investigation into the accident.

Retired New England pilot L.J. Coon has petitioned the NTSB to look into other factors that may clear the name of the pilot, Roger Peterson, the Des Moines Register reported.

The NTSB responded in an email to Coon saying: “You have gotten our attention," the newspaper noted.

Pilot error was listed as the cause of the crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, in February 1959, along with weather. But Coon wants the NTSB to consider other factors, such as the possibility of inoperable right-side rudder pedals and readings on the fuel gauge.

Also killed in the crash were musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson. The Valens family later sued the Dwyer Flying Service, which hired Peterson.

"I disagree with the gentleman," Barb Dwyer, who worked at the service, said of Coon’s inquiry, according to the Des Moines Register. "They come out of the woodwork this time of year with theories."

An initial response to Coon’s petition will take about two months, with a final decision taking anywhere from six months to a year, the Globe Gazette reported.

Coon told the Globe Gazette that reopening the investigation could reveal "the heroic effort that took place in those 4.9 miles" in which the plane was in flight.

Gary W. Moore, who wrote a book about Buddy Holly, disagreed.

"I think that what they are going to find it is its pretty simple. The pilot was unqualified to fly in those conditions and he lost control of the airplane," Moore told the Globe Gazette.

Twitter users shared mixed reactions.






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