A Beech Bonanza, N 3794N, crashed at night approximately 5 miles northwest of the Mason City Municipal Airport, Mason City, Iowa, at approximately 0100, February 3, 1959. The pilot and passengers [Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper] were killed and the aircraft was demolished.
His plane crashed northeast of Dallas, killing all seven passengers (the pilots survived). Investigation later showed that a fire had broken out in the cabin and the pilots attempted an emergency landing.
Band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines died. The official accident report says that the crash was a combination of fuel exhaustion, engine malfunction and inadequate flight planning.
Visibility was excellent, but for some reason the pilot didn’t get the plane high enough in the air to clear a pecan tree at the end of the runway. Reports speculate that the pilot may have had a heart attack. Everyone on board died.
Lots of debate on this one, was his plane below bombers when they emptied their payload over the ocean. Was his plane was shot down (quite possibly in error by the Allies). Or did his plane simply crash into France when a General ordered him to fly in bad weather?
Jimmy King(guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (organ), Phalin Jones (saxophone), and Carl Cunningham (drums). The Bar-Kays were employed as Otis Redding's backing group on tour, and the tragic plane crash in 1967, which took his life, also claimed King, Caldwell, Jones and Cunningham.
Flying may be the safest way to travel for members of the general public, but if you are a music artist, then perhaps its best to walk!
The song “The Day the Music Died” was about the plane that crashed carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, but it wasn't the only plane to claim the lives of musical artists.
This is a list of just some of those artists that died in or because of a plane.