San Diego marks 41 years since deadly PSA Flight 182 crash

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SAN DIEGO — San Diegans marked 41 years Wednesday since 144 people were killed in a mid-air plane crash over North Park.

The collision between Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 and a Cessna ended with the Boeing 727 crashing down at the intersection of Dwight and Nile streets. In addition to the 135 killed aboard Flight 182 and the two Cessna co-pilots, the crash killed seven people on the ground.

As part of the annual ceremony, residents and the victims’ loved ones hung newspaper clippings and wreaths at the site of the crash. Vintage San Diego Police Department patrol cars from the 1970s were on the scene, and each victim’s name was written in chalk on the sidewalk.

The PSA Flight 182 Historical Committee continues to work with local officials to find a permanent location in the neighborhood for a memorial plaque — one already exists at the San Diego Air and Space Museum — without infringing on property rights or causing a public safety hazard.

City Councilman Chris Ward, whose district includes North park, and Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, have both expressed interest in the establishment of a permanent memorial.

The Dwight and Nile intersection currently has a temporary plaque with the names of each victim.

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