An award-winning local TV news anchor in New Orleans died in a plane crash while working on a story about a stunt pilot. 53-year-old Nancy Parker was killed on Friday along with pilot Franklin JP Augustus As the plane crashed into a field near New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The cause of the crash was determined by local officials.
Parker, who received five Emmy Awards for her work as a journalist, was a fixture in New Orleans and at the station where she worked for 23 years. Her colleagues suppressed the tears as they informed about the fatal accident during their news broadcast.
"It was a pleasure to work with Nancy every day," said the station's vice president and general manager, Tim Ingram. "Today we lost a wonderful journalist and remarkable friend, the New Orleans television community has lost a real treasure, but moreover, their family has lost a wife, a mother and a daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. "
Parker is survived by her husband and three children.
Prominent and Local Officials, Including the Mayor of New Orleans, expressed New Orleans grief over death.
"Not only did New Orleans lose a five-time Emmy Award winner or a familiar soothing face on our television screens," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "We have lost a mother of three children, a beautiful person and an invaluable member of our community."
Augustus was born in New Orleans and is known for making young black people famous for flying and working as an anti-drug lawyer. He described himself as the "world's only acrobatic pilot of the black civilian air show," reported Times-Picayune / New Orleans lawyer.
"Both victims who died in this tragic incident were beloved, unique individuals," said Cantrell. "Our hearts and our love are for their families and for all who knew them, may Nancy and Franklin both rest in God's perfect peace."
The National Transportation and Safety Board said it was investigating the crash on Friday and identified the aircraft as a Pitts S-2B aircraft, a light biplane aircraft used in aerobatic competitions since the 1940s.
The Parker family announced on Saturday that they have launched a scholarship fund in honor of Nancy Parker, a native of Opelika, Alabama, by the Community Foundation of East Alabama.