Survivors Want Memorial for 1972 Everglades Jet Crash

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

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    Rain clouds are seen over the Florida Everglades on August 11, 2011, in the Everglades National Park.

    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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