The day the music died
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member IowaAdmin
N 43° 13.222 W 093° 22.885
15T E 469022 N 4785357
Quick Description: Site of the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 8/21/2005 6:00:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMD5
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member mtn-man
Views: 408

Long Description:
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and "The Big Bopper" performed their last show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake in February of 1959. Following the show, the three rock & rollers boarded a four-seat airplane in a light snow at the Mason City airport -- the plane being piloted by 22-year-old Roger Peterson. Five minutes into their fateful flight, the plane was observed (from the airport) drifting downward when the tail light went dark. In the early morning light, a search revealed that indeed the plane had crashed and all aboard killed. This waymark is placed in memory of the four young men -- and to all who followed to pay their respects and remember them fondly through the monuments built.
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Date of Crash: 02/03/1959

Aircraft Model: Beech Bonanza

Military or Civilian: Civilian

Tail Number: N 3794N

Cause of Crash:
The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's unwise decision to embark on a flight which would necessitate flying solely by instruments when he was not properly certificated or qualified to do so. Contributing factors were serious deficiencies in the weather briefing, and the pilot's unfamiliarity with the instrument which determines the attitude of the aircraft.


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