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(NEWSER) – Fifty-six years ago, three of early rock's brightest stars died in a plane crash that was blamed on pilot error and a bad weather report; there's also been a rumor that a gun was found among the wreckage near Iowa's Clear Lake. But thanks to a New England man's sleuthing, the story of the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper could get a fresh look, the Des Moines Register reports. The National Transportation Safety Board's "cases are never closed," says an official, and new information from a New England man, the board says, has "gotten our attention." Now, the board will consider reopening its inquiry into what happened on what Don McLean called "the day the music died."

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