Airplane makes emergency landing in Perinton farm field

April 23, 2018 11:18 PM

A small airplane made an emergency landing in Perinton on Monday night, and federal investigators are now looking into whatever airborne crisis forced the pilot to make such a desperate measure.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, at around 6:40 p.m. Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies and the Egypt Volunteer Fire Department responded to a farm field in the area of Ayrault Road and Turk Hill Road, not far from the Perinton Community Center. 

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According to the plane's registry number and online FAA records, the aircraft is a 1980 Cessna A185F owned by John A. Roessel of Webster. Roessel was not the pilot. 

Neighbors and other witnesses shot video of the Cessna as the pilot struggled then finally touched down in the field on Turk Hill Road.

"That guys going down, this is it," said Wendy Boyce as she watched the scene. 

"When the engine was burping you can hear it vroom," says Ryan Boyce, who lives nearby. 

"That's when you know there was something really wrong." 

Emergency crews from Monroe County and Egypt discovered the lone pilot unharmed and the plane undamaged. The cause of the landing is still under investigation. The pilot reported no injuries or damage to the aircraft. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is now holding the scene for the FAA, who are conducting an investigation. 

Still, neighbors say the final seconds were scary, even from the ground.

"He was coming down low, and they went back up high again and he came down again," says Boyce.

"I swore he was going to crash and all of a sudden I heard him gun the engine and pull out," says Robert Davis, another neighbor.

What's what we know: the plane ran into engine trouble shortly after it took off from Rochester. Roessel, the plane's owner, rushed to the scene, and then spent a few relieved minutes with the owner of the farm, who pointed out that the field could easily have been blocked by wooly obstacles- sheep! 

Firefighters say they would have easily been able to upend the plane as it came in.

"The sheep will come up there," says Chip Ellsworth, the farm's owner. "The sheep are down there at that end. Yeah. Or two weeks later, the cows would've been out."

Regardless, it was a new experience for Jack DeLissio, the Egypt Fire Chief.

"It's the first time in the last 20 years I've seen a plane down," he says, "Obviously, it could have been a mess. We are glad it wasn't." 

The FAA and NTSB reportedly plan to come out to the scene in the morning. Firefighters say then they'll have to decide how to get the plane out of the field. 


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