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Features January 2019 Issue

The Day the Music Died

The crash site was remote and not found until the next morning.

The Day the Music Died

Explore with us a famous lesson in reading the weather when flying in IMC so you can remain safe and keep the music flowing for a long time to come.

Unless you’re under age 30 or live in a remote village in Mongolia, you’ve likely heard the 1971 Don McLean song “American Pie,” in which the events on the night of February 2-3, 1959 are recalled. That night, three of America’s top rock musicians died in a tragic aviation accident in Iowa. The accident is ingrained in American culture. I can’t think of a better example of an accident worth researching for lessons to learn.

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