NTSB might reopen Buddy Holly case

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National Transportation Safety Board officials say they're considering revisiting the crash that killed musician Buddy Holly and three others in 1959.
BUDDY HOLLY - wreck of light aircraft in which Holly, Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died at Clear Water Lake,Iowa, 3 Feb 1959
FILE - American rock and roll singer, songwriter and guitarist, Buddy Holly is shown at an unknown location in this 1959 file photo. Singers Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, aka "Big Bopper," were killed when their plane crashed in a light snowstorm, in 1959, when the pilot apparently lost control. (AP Photo/File)
**ARCHIV**Ein Poster mit Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens und J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson haengt an einer Wand im Surf Ballroom, fotografiert am 9.Januar 2009, in Clear Lake, Iowa. Am 3. Februar 1959 kam Buddy Holly gemeinsam mit seinen Musiker-Kollegen Ritchie Valens und Big Bopper, einen Tag nach ihrem Auftritt in Clear Lake/Indiana, bei einem Flugzeugabsturz ums Leben. (AP Photo/Caharlie Neibergall) A poster showing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson hangs on a wall in the Surf Ballrom, Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Clear Lake, Iowa. It's been nearly 50 years since the single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field killing everyone on board and later this month thousands of people are expected to gather in the small northern Iowa town where the rock pioneers gave their last performance. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
FILE - Rock singer Ritchie Valens is shown in this 1959 file photo. Singers Buddy Holly, Valens and J.P. Richardson, aka the "Big Bopper," were killed when their plane crashed in a light snowstorm, in 1959, when the pilot apparently lost control. (AP Photo/File)
**FILE**J.P. Richardson, singer known as Rock-'n -Roll circles as the "Big Bopper," is shown in this undated file photo. Richardson suffered massive fractures and likely died immediately in the 1959 plane crash that also killed early rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, a forensic anthropologist said Tuesday, March 5, 2007 after exhuming the body. (AP Photo)
Buddy Holly shown in 1956, 22, was killed in a plane crash northwest of Mason City, Iowa. Holly was a Rock ‘N Roll singing star. (AP Photo)
** FILE ** In this undated file photo, American rock and roll singer Buddy Holly performs in the 1950s. (AP Photo, file)
BUDDY HOLLY (1936- 1959) Promotional photo of US pop musician in 1957
Flowers adorn a memorial, Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson crashed killing all aboard, Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa. It's been nearly 50 years since the single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field and later this month thousands of people are expected to gather in the small northern Iowa town where the rock pioneers gave their last performance. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Clear Lake, Iowa - Buddy Holly and two other rock 'n' roll singers died in the wreckage of this single engine Bonanza aircraft which crashed early February 3rd 1959 when the stars were trying to make a fast jump between dates on a tour of mid west cities The plane came down in a snow covered field a few minutes after take off Other singers who died were Ritchie Valens 17 with J P Richardson, 26 and the pilot, Roger Peterson also died.
BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS US pop group from l: Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly and Joe Mauldin
Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Joe Maudlin (bottom), circa mid 1950's
BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS- US pop group from l: Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly and Joe Mauldin.
Clear Lake, IOWA, USA. 5th Oct, 2014. At the intersection of Gull Avenue and 315th Street North of Clear Lake, Iowa is giant pair of glasses making the nearest roadside location to the Buddy Holly plane crash site. Following the fence about a 1/2 mile down a dirt path into a cornfield to the memorial where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. ''The Big Bopper'' Richardson crashed killing all aboard on Feb. 3, 1959. The three young singers were in a single-engine aircraft flying in a light snowstorm in 1959 when the pilot apparently lost control. Holly decided to fly because
Clear Lake, IOWA, USA. 5th Oct, 2014. A memorial at the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. ''The Big Bopper'' Richardson crashed killing all aboard on Feb. 3, 1959, North of Clear Lake, Iowa. The three young singers were in a single-engine aircraft flying in a light snowstorm in 1959 when the pilot apparently lost control. Holly decided to fly because his tour bus was having heating problems. © Kevin E. Schmidt/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News
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Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say the agency could reopen its investigation into the plane crash that killed musician Buddy Holly in 1959.

"The plane took off on Feb. 3, 1959, in heavy snow from the Mason City Municipal Airport in Iowa. It crashed into a field in the town of Clear Lake less than four minutes later," CBS reported.

The Des Moines Register reports L.J. Coon, a retired pilot in New England, is requesting the NTSB revisit its analysis of the accident. Coon wants the board to look into whether the small plane's rudder controls and fuel system played some part in the crash.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss told the Register: "Our cases are never closed, and we get these from time to time. The key is if there is new information not previously considered by the board."

The cause of the crash was originally ruled pilot error, attributed in part to snowy conditions. Holly, the pilot, and musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson died in the crash.

Jeff Nicholas, who now owns the property where the plane went down, told KIMT others have prompted the NTSB to return to the case before.

"This happens periodically. There is just so much interest in the guys' legacy," he said.

A writer for Minnesota Public Radio is skeptical, though, saying, "The NTSB is nowhere near ready to reopen the investigation."

Either way, The Des Moines Register reports it could be several weeks before the NTSB arrives at its decision.

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