Petition Seeks to Reopen Buddy Holly Plane Crash Investigation

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Buddy Holly photographed circa 1955.

Is there more we don't know about "the day the music died"?

In 1959 -- when rock n' roll was still in its infancy -- a tragic plane crash in Iowa killed early genre pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (real name J.P. Richardson, Jr.). The crash was attributed to pilot error at the time. Now, 56 years later, a petition is hoping to reopen that investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed to Billboard that they are currently "reviewing a petition asking us to consider reopening the investigation." That review process could take "several months," according to NTSB spokesman Terry Williams.

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The original investigation was conducted by the now-defunct Civil Aerodynamics Board, so the NTSB will look into determining if anything was "missed the first time the investigation was done."

The petition -- submitted by New England pilot L.J. Coon -- hopes the NTSB will consider factors other than pilot error when determining what caused the crash. The boss of Roger Peterson, the 21-year-old pilot of the ill-fated flight, has long maintained other factors must have been at play, according to Iowa's local NBC outlet.