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25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash  
User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3826 posts, RR: 33
Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5734 times:

Here's a good article from San Diego Magazine written five years ago on the 20th anniversary of the crash.

"This is it"

Those final words of a doomed pilot echo 20 years later as San Diego pauses to recall the day all hell broke loose.
Remembrances and ironies surrounding the crash of PSA Flight 182.

http://www.sandiegomag.com/issues/august98/psa.shtml

There are lots of eyewitness reports.

Particularly chilling were the accounts of the bodies of a couple found in their Audi who had been killed as they were driving, a hysterical blood stained mother and her baby who had been in a car where a body had smashed through the windshield, and a resident of one of the homes who had been talking on the phone to her sister at the time of the crash who was found with the receiver still in her hand.

Very emotional reading.

LoneStarMike

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User currently offlineBoingGoingGone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5648 times:

I was in school, ten blocks away...

Windows rattled, smoke lifting into the air. My mom freaking out as she had been heading east on the I-94 and saw the collision. She initially thought it hit closer to the school. She was releived to find we were safe.

Sad day for PSA and San Diego..... Growing up all I wanted to do was work for PSA. They didn't wait for me.


User currently offlineCapt.fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

The cockpit transcript of this crash is very disturbing to read. All crashes are horrific tragedies, but this one is particularly chilling. I've listened to the ATC audio and to hear the captain say "This is it" is extremely frightening. Before taht he said "We're going down, this is PSA" Very sad.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5562 times:

I was in high school up in Claremont when the crash occurred. I had recently completed a summer high school occupation program with PSA at ONT.

Sad, sad day. And, yes, the transcript was very chilling. The audio is on the internet somewhere.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5525 times:


quite chilling, indeed.."I love you mama" was another comment on the tape,
as I recall.



Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineTransGlobal2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

"Ma, I love you" was attributed to the first officer. Chilling and heartbreaking at the same time.



User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3032 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

I remember the pictures on magazines of the plane on fire heading down..... The most horrible pictures I'd ever seen until 9/11/01....


Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

Thanks for the correction, TransGlobal2



Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5421 times:

Hard to believe that was the deadliest air accident on U.S. soil at the time. I guess it would only take a year before that AA DC-10 in Chicago nearly doubled the toll.

A terribly sad occurence. Those pictures of the crash site defy belief, it looks like something right out of hell, which in a way I suppose is exactly what it was.



New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6435 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

The infamous picture.
I though I remember seeing some film footage of this.
Was the aircraft spinning ?
http://www.airdisaster.com/photos/psa182/photo.shtml



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinePsa53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3069 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5306 times:

My sister and brother-in-law,at the time,
lived in a apartment, just a few blocks
from the crash site. What a "War Zone"
they said.I pass my prayers to the souls
affected and to people who lost love
ones.May God give you strength! Continue!
Thanks



Tuesday's Off! Do not disturb.
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5229 times:


Everytime I look at the picture, I try to imagine what was going on in the
passenger cabin at that moment.



Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4490 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

727LOVER,

I don't think it was spinning, just in a right descending dive (increasing bank of course). A big chunk of the right wing was taken out...along with the high-lift devices. In a nutshell, the left wing was producing a LOT more lift than the right, and there was nothing the pilots could do. If you look closely you can see full up elevator and full left aileron, indicating that they were trying to recover--but it was pointless in the long run.

That picture IS a chilling one...I still think it's even a bit more chilling than the 9/11 impact pictures. The one with the housetop in it really gets to me.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5156 times:

I think the spinning debris you're referring to was the remnants of the Cessna coming down.

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5149 times:

What a gruesome tale. I wasnt around back then, but it is probably like the time i was in GUM when the KE 747 smashed into nimitz hill, lemme tell you, that was really gruesome. burning bodies and everything.

User currently offlineUPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5119 times:

Always sad and horrific when a plane goes down. If im gonna go though thats how I wana go. Doing something I love.

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

25 years ago today I was born... Perhaps this is why I am in the aviation safety business...

User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

My dad's best friend's brother died on the PSA flight. It was really a sad day! My thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected that sad day. God rest their souls.  Crying

Kris



AA - Doing what we do best.
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4971 times:
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I was living in San Diego at the time, and was just shy of turning five years old. I was already really into planes and the crash was a very memorable event of my childhood. I remember the photos plastered on the front pages of the newspapers... and becoming very afraid that I would see a plane crash while at the airport.

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

I'm seemingly constantly dreaming of plane crashes. Anybody else dream about witnessing aircraft going down right before your eyes?

I have two varieties of these odd dreams ....

1.) I'm thinking to myself while watching a plane going overhead: "That plane doesn't sound right. It's going down." It then proceeds to crash in a field out of my view, with just the ensuing explosion/fire visible.

2.) I actually watch the jet spinning out of control and crashing into the ground.

I've even had dreams of jetliners crashing directly into my house, with a scramble for survival following (successfully). Weird indeed.

Any psychiatrists amongst us that can explain my penchant for disaster in dreams?


User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4736 times:
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Yeah, I've had a lot of plane crash dreams, but I'm usually watching the crash rather than being on the aircraft. A spotter's nightmare, I guess.

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