New Film Documents PSA Plane Crash

The line outside Ultra Star Cinemas in Mission Valley on Wednesday night was filled with people who know one another.

Many of them were directly affected by the crash of PSA flight 182 in 1978. They are also the subjects of a new documentary about that tragic September day when 144 people were killed.

"I was at the airport, waiting to pick up my mom," Peter Lococo said. His mother, Roselea, would never make it to Lindbergh Field.

"It brings back a lot of horrible feelings,"Lococo told NBC 7/39.

For years, Lococo couldn't talk about the tragedy publicly, until he was asked to tell his story by filmmaker David Fresina.

"It's going to be the beginning of the healing process for a lot of people," Fresina said.

Fresina, who was raised in Massachusetts, became fascinated by the crash when he was 11 and saw a photo of the jet plummeting  to the ground.

"I couldn't get that image out of my mind," Fresina said. "I had to find out more information about the crash. I couldn't believe there wasn't a full-length documentary made about it before."

Fresina invested $30,000 of his own money to make the 56-minute documentary.  

Lococo believes the film could be therapeutic for those who were, like him, directly affected. 

"People are still living with it," Lococo said. "I'm hoping this is going to help with it."

The documentary is being shown again on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Ultra Star Cinemas in Mission Valley and will also be aired on KPBS during the first week of May.

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