Officials at America's National Transportation Safety Board have confirmed reports they are reviewing a petition to reopen the investigation into Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper's deaths.

The rock 'n' roll trio perished in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959 and the accident was attributed to pilot error, but fans are hoping new technology will help the experts prove there was more to the tragedy than investigators at the now-defunct Civil Aerodynamics Board discovered.

Ntsb bosses are now considering a review of the case to determine if anything was "missed the first time the investigation was done".

New England pilot L.J. Coon, who submitted the petition, hopes the experts will decide that 21-year-old Roger Peterson was not to blame for the crash. The young pilot's boss at the time insisted his employee was not the type to make mistakes, and has maintained other factors must have been at play.

The February, 1959 is considered by many The Day The Music Died.