Survivors Want Memorial for 1972 Everglades Jet Crash

Eastern Flight 401 from New York to Miami crashed Dec. 29, 1972.

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012  |  Updated 4:17 PM EDT
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The survivors of a 1972 jetliner crash in the Florida Everglades are trying to raise money for a memorial honoring its victims.

Eastern Flight 401 from New York to Miami crashed Dec. 29, 1972. The cockpit crew had become distracted with a faulty landing gear light and didn't notice that the plane was descending into the Everglades. About 75 people survived, and 101 people died.

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Forty years later, the surviving passengers and crew members say it's time for a permanent memorial to honor the dead. They tell the South Florida Sun Sentinel that they hope to raise $15,000 for a granite block inscribed with the victims' names.

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About 40 crash survivors and their relatives planned to meet Saturday to mark the crash anniversary.

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