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.