Some very sad news from Rochester tonight. A single-engine Cessna bound from Pittsburgh-Allegheny County to Buffalo crashed 2 mi. short of Rwy 28 near ROC today, on an empty athletic field. The pilot was killed. No one was hurt on the ground.
The area to the east of ROC is very densely populated, with the dorms of the University of Rochester, and the huge Strong Memorial Hospital. This tragedy would have been much, much worse had the plane come down almost anywhere other than exactly where it did. I'll bet the pilot aimed for the field to save lives on the ground. May God rest his soul and comfort his loved ones.
This is the first fatal crash at ROC I know of since the July 1963 crash of a Mohawk Martin 4-0-4 in a thunderstorm, which killed 7.