The plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Jiles P Richardson (known as the Big Bopper) shortly after take-off in Iowa in 1959 could be investigated once again by US transport safety experts.
“We are reviewing the petition to reconsider the Buddy Holly crash, based on criteria in our ‘regs’,” it said in a statement.
There were two reasons given for the crash by the Civil Aeronautics Board, which carried out the investigation 56 years ago. The first was pilot error by 21-year-old Roger Peterson and the second attributed factor was a poor weather briefing given to him.
The trio had just completed a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa, and were heading to the next tour date in Moorhead, Minnesota.