It is amazing to me that otherwise smart people seem to suddenly get stupid when an airplane is involved. Maybe Holly, Richardson, and Valens did not know to ask about the pilot's qualifications. They were young men, and maybe they just trusted that the charter service would provide a pilot who knew what he was doing. But not inquiring turned out to be a fatal mistake. There have been far, far too many plane crashes over the years due to pilot error and poor judgment that could have been so easily avoided. Jim Reeves crash is another example.
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