Good idea Joe, thanks.
Happened to stumble on this website and the topic of the PSA crash. I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman stationed at the Naval Training Center and aboard one of the first (if not the first) emergency units to arrive at the scene. Our info indicated that a small aircraft had gone down so we were not prepared for the utter devastation, carnage, and total chaos we soon encountered. Initially only able to get so close due to the inferno caused by the jet fuel, I recall going from house to house looking for anyone who may be inside and injured. Sadly, in the backyard of a house that faced the impact point I discovered an intact body under a section of the wing. If my memory serves me right, it was a young boy and one of the victims killed on the ground. Of the many heart wrenching hours I spent there at the scene I have never forgotten that moment. Nor will I ever forget the SDPD officers running around with guns drawn trying to prevent the cruel and senseless acts of the many looters that showed up before the crash site was totally closed off. While still in the Navy, and in San Diego on business in the late 1990's, I returned to the crash site to pay my respects to those who perished that day.
Before finding this website, I've never really been able to comprehend the emotions felt by others, and even felt by myself, about the PSA crash. My mother drove through the area moments before the crash headed for the hospital. Later after arriving, I was born. She recalled that while going into labor, there was a shortage of doctors due to the hospitals anticipation that survivor's would be coming in needing medical attention. Sadly there were none. Oddly enough, I was told there was an abundance of births that day. I've never been able to visit the memorial site, and with even working in the North Park area, I've avoided the area of the crash site. Before being told by family what occurred on my birthday, I've been fearful of flying and till this day feel the same, avoiding it at all cost. If I mention the day and year of my birthday to a native, or to someone that was here in 78, they can eerily describe exactly where they were, what they were doing, and the moments after learning about the crash. The more I learn about this terrible accident, the more I'm able to understand how this truly impacted people, but question why this incident personally effects me so much.
In my quest of finding answers, I'm wondering if anyone knows specific information about the passengers or where I can find it. I have seen the list of passengers but would also like to know if anyone on that flight was in music or a performer as their profession, or even as a hobby. This may seem like an unusual request and may seem odd to some. Without going into great detail, I have my reasons.
Thank you to anyone who may be able to provide additional information.
Hello. I first want to offer my prayers and condolences to all victims, families, and extended families of this tragedy. This unfortunate event has been burning in my mind since I first saw the news report. I was 13 then, and living in North New Jersey. While I do not have any connections to the victims of the jet, ground or otherwise, I can say I used to fly PSA when I was a younger child and we lived in NoCal. My father used fly PSA for his business he conducted up and down the coast. He would take me or my brother with him on occasions. I have fond memories of flying on PSA. The flight attendants were very friendly and funny, and I enjoyed the chance to visit the cockpit a few times. I remember the commercials and jingles. I was stationed at NAS North Island many years later, and I actually would cruise by Dwight and Nile on this day and have a moment of silence. I also got sober in San Diego (I now have 16 years) This past July, I was at the San Diego ComiCon, and I found myself yet on Dwight and Nile rendering honors yet once again. I loved San Diego when I got stationed there, and I miss it always (even though it is just under six hours away from me). I will be visiting more often as time and money allow. Anyway, again I humbly offer my prayers to all victims and their families on this 25th day of the 31st year.
hi my name is alejandra i live in mexico and my uncle javier escalante was in that fly i want to find his daughters sally and mary escalante if anyone can help me i will apreciate a lot tanks