Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP The Big Bopper Richardson ended on the charter plane along with pilot Roger Peterson. Soon after take off, in very poor winter conditions the plane crashed into a field killing all aboard.
In 1971 the event became know as The Day the Music Died after Don McLean hit song of the same name. In 2015 the NTSB considered reopening the investigation into the cause of the crash. There has always been speculation that there was more to the event then what was released to the media.