Corrected entry: The opening scene of the movie depicts two small aircraft (one is a Beechcraft Bonanza) colliding in midair and falling in the playground at Pacoima Junior High School. This accident did occur on January 31, 1957, but the aircraft involved were an Air Force F-89 jet fighter and a four-engined DC-7 airliner, and only the DC-7 hit the schoolyard. A young Latino boy is among those killed on the ground, and Ritchie Valens refers to him as "my best friend". In reality, the three boys killed at the school were Anglo and were 12 and 13 years old - two or three years younger than Ritchie at the time.
Plot hole: When Ritchie appears at a pizza party sponsored by a local radio station, his manager Bob Keane is handing out copies of Ritchie's first album. In reality, the album had not been released until April 1959, two months after Ritchie's death. As the actual LP includes his biggest hit "Donna", Ritchie had not yet recorded (or even composed) the song in this part of the movie until a few scenes later.
Bob Keene: Look... it could be worse, you could have been Riki Zuela.
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