Scotty added: “Bill turned white and put his coat over his head. I think he would have jumped if he could have gotten out.
“When we got to Nashville, Elvis eased up to us and said, ‘We’re through with this guy.’”
While they were pleased to have landed safely, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and ‘The Big Bopper’ JP Richardson would go on to perish in a plane crash just three years later.
According to Priscilla Presley, when speaking with Larry King: “[Elvis] had a fear of flying, and his mother didn’t really want him flying either. So he stopped for a while.”