"Aside from the 22 newer homes and buildings in North Park, a newcomer to San Diego would never know that on September 25, 1978 a total of 144 people died as the result of a midair collision between a single-engine Cessna and a Boeing 727 airliner.
Loved ones of the 135 people onboard the 727, the two pilots onboard the Cessna, and the seven residents who perished hope to change that by building a memorial in North Park, 35 years after the deadliest airline crash in California's history..."
teneriffe77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
Reminds me of how recently I was talking to a Syracuse University student from Cerritos, CA and she had no idea that major air disaster had occurred in her area back in 1986 (the AM DC9 which crashed after a collision with a Piper)
737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1171 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
It is very hard to believe that there is no memorial for this horrendous accident. I had started flying commercial aviation a couple of years prior to this and was going through Private Pilot training at the time. 2 years later I was in USMC boot camp watching these PSA 727s take off and land at SAN.. For some reason this accident always stayed in my memory, the pics. of the accident maybe? A memorial must be done. When more info. is available I will donate as necessary to help.
802flyguy From United States of America, joined May 2012, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Quoting teneriffe77 (Reply 1): Reminds me of how recently I was talking to a Syracuse University student from Cerritos, CA and she had no idea that major air disaster had occurred in her area back in 1986 (the AM DC9 which crashed after a collision with a Piper)
Even if that accident happened before she was born, you would think someone from that town would know about it. (I wonder is she knows of the connection of Syracuse University to PA 103?)
Both of those Calif midairs have stuck with me. IIRC, there has been an effort have a memorial for the Cerritos crash, but nothibng has happened. A shame, I think...
DL747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2334 times:
Quoting 802flyguy (Reply 3): IIRC, there has been an effort have a memorial for the Cerritos crash, but nothibng has happened. A shame, I think...
You will be pleased to know that there is a memorial for the Cerritos crash. I believe I learned of it's existence and got directions by doing a Google search. It isn't located at the actual impact site in the residential neighborhood, but is instead located a very short distance away in a garden adjacent to Cerritos city hall and other municipal offices. I visited there a few years ago and found it very moving. We left some flowers, which are available at nearby supermarkets. I recall a Trader Joes nearby which sells fresh flower arrangements just inside the front door.
Planning to visit the PSA 182 crash site and memorial on a visit to the SAN area in May.
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Coronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1673 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
I grew up in North Park and rode my 10-speed every morning up the same alley where PSA 182 came down between Boundary and Nile streets to get to my High School and was at the site of the crash within 10 minutes after it happened. It truly was and still is the most surreal thing I have ever witnessed.
Both my sister and uncle worked for the hometown airline at the time.
SANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2063 times:
I remember the crash almost like it happened yesterday. (I was 12-years old at the time.) It was
about 100-degrees that morning. Today I live about a mile from the crash site. It's pretty weird that
you can see see all these newer homes surrounded by the older 1930s-era homes, typical of North
Park. I remember taking a drive through the neighborhood a couple of years ago and seeing a UA
A320 fly past on its way to Lindbergh, it was a surreal reminder of what happened in that area in