Cerritos in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial
On August 31, 1986 at 11:56 A.M., two planes collided above a Cerritos neighborhood in the vicinity of Carmenita Road and 183rd Street. The tragic accident claimed 82 lives, destroyed 11 homes and severely damaged seven others. The collision was partially caused by inadequate airport approach and departure controls.
This tragedy became known as the Cerritos Air Disaster and resulted in implementation of safer procedures for airport approaches and departures.
The people of Cerritos offer this memorial in memory of those who perished in the Cerritos Air Disaster. May this memorial offer comfort and serenity to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.
In loving memory of our Cerritos famillies and friends who perished in the Cerritos Air Disaster August 31, 1986
Cuauhtemoc Cronkhite - Tonantzin Cronkhite - Xochi Cronkhite - Anjelica Estrada - Frank Estrada - Freeman Jackson - Juanita Logan - Linda McIllwain - Kelsey Richard - Laura Richard - Jennifer Starr - Howard Yackytooahnipah - Sharon Yackytooahnipah
In memory of those who perished in the DC-9 Aero Mexico flight 498 and the Piper Cherokee Archer II
Cerritos Air Disaster
August 31, 1986
Andrea Avila - Andres Avila - Rosa Ojeda de Avila - Laura Ballesteros
Location. 33° 51.991′ N, 118° 3.992′ W. Marker is in Cerritos, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from 183rd Street west of Bloomfield Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Cerritos Sculpture Garden west of Cerritos City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Cerritos CA 90703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least “Big Red Cars” (approx. 2.3 miles away); Carson Street Landscaping (was approx. 2.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Norwalk Square (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. 3 miles away); American Legion Norwalk Post 359 (approx. 3 miles away); Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Boys of Del Valle Park (was approx. 3.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (was approx. 3½ miles away but has been reported missing. ).
Categories. • Air & Space • Disasters •
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