The Aircraft Disaster

  • John C. Duffy
Part of the NATO book series (NATS, volume 14)


The number 25 was to have a somber significance for commercial aviation in the United States of America. It was on September 25, 1978, that what was at the time identified as the worst aviation disaster in U.S. history occurred, when two planes collided in the air over the city of San Diego. In that crash, PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727 jetliner, and a Cessna single- engine plane collided while traveling in the same direction. Both planes plummeted immediately to the ground, killing a total of 144 persons. The death toll comprised all passengers aboard the two aircrafts and seven people who were either in homes or on the street at the point of impact. Of the 135 persons on board the PSA flight, 39 were employees of the company.


Mental Health Service Crew Member Airline Company Crisis Mental Health Commercial Aviation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Duffy
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  1. 1.U.S. Public Health ServiceUSA

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