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Cerritos jet crash 25 years later: Share your memories

August 31, 2011 |  9:26 am


This post has been corrected. Please see the bottom for details.

Aeromexico Flight 498 was on approach to LAX on Aug. 31, 1986, on the final leg of a trip that began in Mexico City when a small plane smashed into the DC-9's tail section at 11:52 a.m.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01311003de3e970c-pi The crash spewed fiery debris over a residential neighborhood below in Cerritos. Five homes were destroyed and seven others were damaged by airplane wreckage.

A total of 82 people died, including 15 people on the ground.

"I can still hear the plane screaming -- that is a sound that I'll never forget," said resident Sue Nelson told The Times several years ago, remembering the tragedy. "That sound and the smell of jet fuel burning, and how everything got black and dark."

It was one of L.A.'s deadliest air disasters. Share your memories of that day below.

[For the record, 10:15 a.m. Aug. 31: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that 89 people died in the crash.]