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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173992
Last updated: 11 November 2019
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Date:03-FEB-1959
Time:01:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 35 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Dwyer Flying Service, Inc
Registration: N3794N
C/n / msn: 1019
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Clear Lake, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:KMCW
Destination airport:KFAR
Narrative:
The accident occurred about 5 miles northwest of Mason City Municipal Airport, at 0100 on 03 February 1959. Reports indicate the aircraft took off normally and reached a height of 800 feet. All occupants were killed and the aircraft was completely destroyed. The probable cause was ruled as the pilot's unwise (though not illegal) decision to fly into black-out conditions without an instrument rating. Contributing factors include weather briefings from ATC that had "serious deficiencies" and pilot unfamiliarity with a specific aircraft instrument. The accident is remembered for the deaths of American musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

Sources:

CAB Report: http://web.archive.org/web/20090226025843/http://www.ntsb.gov/Publictn/1959/CAB_2-3-1959.pdf
https://www.fiftiesweb.com/music/crash-report/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Feb-2015 05:14 oselp Added
12-Apr-2016 15:35 Anon. Updated [Date]
25-Apr-2016 18:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Other fatalities, Location]
24-Oct-2016 04:13 Dcs002 Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2019 14:37 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]

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