PSA crash victims' families want permanent memorial

SAN DIEGO - Emotions ran high during a meeting in North Park on Wednesday to gather ideas for a permanent memorial for the victims of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182.

The families of the 144 people who lost their lives when the jet crashed in North Park say something must be done to honor their memory.

“It just changed everyone and everything,” said Luisa Lococo, who was 14 years old when her mother was killed in the crash.

On September 25, 1978, a PSA 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 were also killed.

Among those killed was Myra Pelowski's brother Michael. Afraid he would miss his first day of class at UC San Diego, he just narrowly made the flight.

“He said, ‘Yep, I'm the last one on the plane,’” said Pelowski.

The only memorial in North Park is a small plaque under a tree in front of the North Park Library. The plaque is barely legible and has no names of those who perished.

“It’s terrible,” said Lococo. “It’s an injustice. I mean, there should be something and there's not.”

A plot of city-owned land at the intersection of Dwight and Boundary streets is where some hope to place a memorial.

At this point, there is no solid idea for what they want. The purpose of Wednesday’s meeting was to get some ideas so they could take them before a planning committee meeting.

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