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PSA Flight 182

Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:57 am

I don't know if this is the right place to post this. If it is not excuse me.
I was reading on PSA Flight 182 which crashed in 1978 over San Diego, CA. as it prepared to land.
I saw the now famous picture and just could not beleive it. The horror those poor people must have gone through. Does anyone know what exactly happened to create this disaster?
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RE: PSA Flight 182

Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:24 am

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RE: PSA Flight 182

Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:07 am

I often fly WN into San Diego to connect to SMF. During each landing I remember this crash and keep my eye out for small planes in the area.
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RE: PSA Flight 182

Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:23 pm

I grew up in San Diego, and I was a kid when this happened. It was
a very sad tragedy because a good number of those killed were PSA
employees on their way to work that morning at the company's HQ.

They used a Coast Guard hanger on Harbor Drive to house the plane's
wreckage, and I saw it from the roadway as I was being taken to the
airport a few days later.

If you go to the actual site today, they've built over it with new
housing (since it crashed right in the middle of an older neighborhood).
I've always wondered if the new occupants realised what happened
there when they originally moved in. I'm sure they probably found
out later from the other neighbors. It just seems very odd to live on top
of a site where so many lost there lives.

But I should not judge because I used to live in Berlin, and I'm sure I
was living on top of a site where people had died from an air raid
bombing or an assault by the Red Army during the last days of the war.
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RE: PSA Flight 182

Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:07 am

The PSA 727, N533PS, approached SAN from the northwest. To align itself properly with the operating runway at Lindbergh Field, it had to make a left turn over Mission Valley, fly east, and then make a U-turn to head west-northwest to land on runway 27.

Despite a faultless blue sky, modern (at the time) computerized traffic avoidance systems, and assurances from the cockpit that "they had the traffic in sight", the right wing of the 727 sheered off the top of the Cessna Skyhawk just as the 727 was starting its U-turn to the right.

I highly recommend MacArthur Job's "Air Disaster" Volume Two for more insight into the accident.

The actual crash site is just west of Interstate Freeway 805, south of University Avenue near the intersection of Dwight and Boundary Streets. There are no traces of the accident at all - the entire neighborhood has been rebuilt since. However, at the nearby North Park branch of the San Diego Public Library system at 31st & North Park Way, there is a tree planted with a memorial plaque to those who died in this horrible accident.

One change to aviation since then: part of the "race-track" route that planes from the north and northwest would run (specifically over Mission Valley and North Park itself) allowed Lindbergh Field traffic (San Diego International Airport) to descend below 5,000 feet if there was no conflicting traffic. This particular airspace was and still is under the control of Montgomery Field, a general aviation airport. This policy is no longer allowed - until on final approach for SAN runway 9 or 27, aircraft inbound for Lindbergh must maintain 5,000 feet.
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