Effort underway to create permanent memorial for PSA Flight 182 crash

Mishap worst mid-air collision in Calif. history

SAN DIEGO - It was a bright September morning in 1978 when a Pacific Southwest Airlines jet with 135 people on board hit a Cessna with two people in it and slammed into a North Park neighborhood.

Seven others on the ground would also be killed in the worst mid-air collision in California history.  

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of it," said Michael Bagnes, who still lives in the home he grew up in just a block away from the crash site.

It took 35 years for Myra Pelowski to visit the area.

"Last year was the first time I came," she said.

Her brother was on the plane, but it struck her when she did attend a remembrance ceremony that there was not any sort of permanent memorial near the crash site.

A plot of city-owned land at the intersection of Dwight and Boundary streets is what she and other committee members hope to turn into a memorial.  

"We don't have any preconceived ideas or notions … that's why we're inviting the whole community to share their thoughts at St. Patrick's Church Wednesday night,” said Pelowski.

The only memorial in North Park is a small plaque under a tree in front of the North Park Library.

"People are saying why now. Well why not now, it's about time," Pelowski said.  

The meeting at the church hall on 30th Street is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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