Today is known as the day the music died. It was on this day in 1959 that a tragic plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, known as the Big Bopper. The plane crash was ruled as pilot error, and deficiencies in the weather briefing by the Civil Aeronautics Board. However, in 2015 pilot L.J. Coon submitted a request to the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) to re-open the investigation. According to the Des Moines Register, “Coon had contended that there were other issues involving weight and balance calculations, fuel-gauge readings, and more that contributed to the crash”. On April 21, 2015, the agency determined there was not enough merit to re-open it.
For a more detailed list of artists that have died in plane crashes please click here. No matter how you spin it, or what lawsuits come out of it, it is a tragedy.