Long-time FOX 8 New Orleans reporter and anchorwoman Nancy Parker was one of two people killed on Friday when a small plane crashed near the airport on the lake.
The pilot identified by Fox 8 as Franklin JP Augustus also died in the crash, which happened shortly after 3 pm The station said Parker was shooting a story in a stunt plane at the time of the accident.
Parker, 53, had worked at the station for 23 years. She is survived by her husband and three children.
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"Today we mourn the loss of our longtime colleague and friend Nancy Parker." FOX 8 said in a Facebook post. "Details have not been released by the authorities, but we can confirm that she died in a plane crash [a] when she reported on a story at New Orleans Lakefront Airport."
"Nancy has been part of the United States for the past 23 years FOX 8 family years, "the post continued. She has put her heart and soul into her work, telling thousands of stories and touching countless lives. She has changed the lives of those she has reported. She will be sorely missed and her absence creates a gap that can not be filled.
"Nancy was absolutely delighted to work with every single day," said FOX 8 vice president and general manager Tim Ingram. Today We Have The New Orleans TV community has lost a wonderful journalist and remarkable friend, a true sweetheart, but moreover, her family has lost a wife, a mother, and a daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
A statement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) states that the aircraft is a 1
DALE EARNHARDT JR At 3pm the plane crashed and caused a fire.
"It looks like the plane is completely charred," said Gerald Herbert, Associated Press photographer, who is also a pilot and has a hangar at Lakefront Airport site and described charred debris near a fence in a meadow.
Fox 8 reported that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Send investigators to New Orleans to investigate the crash.
Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, said Parker was "greatly missed."
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"On behalf of my late husband Tom, to the family of WVUE Fox 8, we express our deepest condolences to Nancy Parker for the tragic loss," she said in a statement on Friday night , "Nancy was a stellar Emmy-winning news anchor who has built a lot of trust in both the reporters and their viewers in the New Orleans area."
A devoted wife of her husband Glynn and mother of her three beautiful children, Parker, Piper and Pierce, "Benson added," She was a dear friend and frequent guest at local philanthropic lunches and on our family farm in Kentucky. She is sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go to Nancy's family. "This review.