LoneStarMike
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25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:56 pm

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.

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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:47 pm

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.
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:55 pm

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.
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:31 pm

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.

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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:53 pm


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



Jim
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:02 am

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

 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:09 am

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....
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:23 am

Thanks for the correction, TransGlobal2



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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:31 am

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.
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 2:05 am

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
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 2:35 am

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!
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 3:27 am


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



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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 3:47 am

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.
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 4:09 am

I think the spinning debris you're referring to was the remnants of the Cessna coming down.
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 4:10 am

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.
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 4:22 am

Always sad and horrific when a plane goes down. If im gonna go though thats how I wana go. Doing something I love.
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:23 am

25 years ago today I was born... Perhaps this is why I am in the aviation safety business...
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:24 am

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

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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 7:29 am

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.
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:58 am

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?
 
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RE: 25th Anniversary Of PSA 182 Crash

Fri Sep 26, 2003 1:28 pm

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.