Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Two dead after plane crashes in New Orleans

Two dead after plane crashes in New Orleans

Nancy Parker, who worked as a journalist for WVUE Fox 8 News for 27 years, was killed on Friday alongside pilot Franklin JP Augustus, who was a member of a Louisiana group that honoured Tuskegee Airmen, the news station reported.

Parker was at the airport and was flying in Augustus' propeller-driven airplane for a story she was doing on him.

Parker's husband, Glynn "Glen" Boyd, posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook early Saturday that read, "I would trade places with her right now". I was so proud of her; first as an awesome mother of our three children, just incredible.

Saints owner Gayle Benson wrote on Facebook that Parker "fostered great trust with both those who she covered and with her viewers".

Parker, a TV legend in New Orleans, anchored the morning news on WVUE, the city's Fox affiliate. "Jennifer & I are praying for her family as they deal with this tragic loss", said U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). So smart, so talented, she was my everything. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them".

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"I want to let the young people know that if I can make it, anybody can", he said in newspaper article from several decades ago. She will be sadly missed. New Orleans did not just lose a five-time Emmy-winning journalist, or a familiar, comforting face on our TV screens.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the plane was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft that crashed in a field about a half-mile south of the airport, which accommodates smaller aircraft. That model aircraft is a biplane.

New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collin Arnold told reporters the plane crashed about 3 p.m., causing a fire.

"It looks like the plane is completely charred", said Gerald Herbert, an Associated Press photographer who also is a pilot and has a hangar at Lakefront Airport. He described charred debris lying in the grassy field. The city said on its "Nola Ready" website that firefighters, emergency medical services and the police responded to the fatal crash Friday afternoon.

Information from the National Transportation Safety Board said there was a fire reported after the crash.

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