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Florida crash victims seek memorial

Dec. 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

MIAMI, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Survivors and relatives of the 101 people who died in a 1972 plane crash in Florida's Everglades said they hope to raise money for a permanent memorial.

"We want to get something that's permanent, because the memory lives on forever," said Ron Infantino, a passenger on the Eastern Airlines plane traveling from New York to Miami Dec. 29, 1972, that crashed after pilots noted a burned-out cockpit indicator light without realizing the plane's autopilot had been accidentally shut off.

Infantino was among 75 survivors.

The memorial Beverly Raposa says she hopes for would be a $15,000 granite block, carved with victims' names, on the grounds of the Glenn H. Curtis Mansion and Gardens, near Miami International Airport, she said.

Raposa was a flight attendant on the flight, and credited with keeping passengers calm by singing Christmas carols until rescuers arrived, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday.

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