Thursday, June 23, 2016The Peterson children in 1994
What happened to the memorial marker pictured here? August 19, 1994, passengers David and Charlene Peterson of Cochranton, Pa., died when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff. It hit a cherry tree on the Countryside Golf Course 13th fairway. They left behind six children.
According to The Roanoke Times the pilot of the single-engine Piper Cherokee survived. They had stopped in Roanoke after leaving Greensboro, NC, to refuel. Their final intended destination was Pittsburgh.
A golfer was almost hit by debris and other golfers witnessed the crash. The small plane radioed an emergency and tried to return to the Roanoke airport via runway 6.