LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – An upcoming book raises questions about the cause of the plane crash that killed Lubbock native Buddy Holly.
Holly's music is said to have inspired music legends like the Beatles, Elton John, The Who, and many more. Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens died in the 1959 plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
The author of this new book comes to the same ultimate conclusion as investigators more than 50 years ago, but sheds new light on the last moments of the flight; and he stumbled upon a startling statement by the family that owns the wrecked plane. "My book 'Hey Buddy' is a look at the enduring impact of Buddy Holly," said Gary Moore, author.
Moore had no idea who Buddy Holly was until she saw a re-enactment of Holly's performance in Iowa. Fascinated by Holly's impact on the music world, Moore began taking a deeper look into what happened February 3rd, 1959; the day Holly's plane crashed into an Iowa field, killing three musicians and a young pilot, "The day the music died."
During his research, Moore stumbled upon Jerry and Barb Dwyer, the owners of the plane Holly died in. "A defiant way she told me the CAB, civil aeronautics board, report was wrong. The truth has never been told about the flight, that they know the truth and at some point her husband's going to write a book and tell the truth."
Before Barb abruptly hung up the phone, she told Moore "Buddy Holly ruined our lives." While the Dwyers haven't given any clues as to what their truth is, Moore, along with other flight experts, came to their own conclusions about the crash and the pilot, Roger Peterson. Peterson was the young pilot who had failed his instrument test before the flight.
"[The plane] became unstable. It turned into a death spiral and it impacted the ground at 190 angle with the wings pointed straight up and down and once the wing touched the ground it started cart wheeling and ended up basically in a ball of aluminum."
Also, unlike previous reports speculating the men aboard had no idea they were going to crash, Moore disagrees. "I would love to say otherwise, but I think, clearly that there were probably the last 30 to 45 seconds in that airplane was probably quite frightening."
Really, Moore's main focus was to explore Buddy Holly's enduring impact, even to this day. The plane crash only occupies a couple of chapters in the book, which comes out in January. As part of his book tour, he will be in Lubbock at the Buddy Holly Center on February 3rd, 2011.
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