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Sports reporter, 4 others dead after small plane crashes in Louisiana, officials say

Sports reporter, 4 others dead after small plane crashes in Louisiana, officials say
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Sports reporter, 4 others dead after small plane crashes in Louisiana, officials say
A fire official says five people are dead after a small plane crashed in southern Louisiana.Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit told KLFY-TV that the aircraft was an eight-passenger plane. He said there was one survivor in addition to the five fatalities. Three people on the ground were transported to the hospital. The report said a nearby Walmart store was evacuated as a precaution. The Lafayette Fire Department confirmed those that died in the crash were:Ian E. Biggs, the plane's pilot, age 51Robert Vaughn Crisp II, age 59Carley Ann McCord, age 30Gretchen D. Vincent,age 51Michael Walker Vincent, 15Wade Berzas survived the crash. He was listed as being in critical condition, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said in a news release.National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Sunday said no distress calls were made and much of the aircraft was crushed and consumed by fire when it crashed about a minute after leaving the Lafayette Regional Airport.Carley McCord, a member of the sports team at WDSU, a Hearst-owned station, was among those killed in the crash. Hearst Television is the parent company of this station.McCord's husband, Steve Ensminger Jr., told the Associated Press that his wife was aboard the plane. She had been traveling with friends from Lafayette to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta to watch Louisiana State University face the University of Oklahoma.“We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family,” said WDSU President and General Manager Joel Vilmenay. “Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist."As we reflect on her impressive body of work, we offer our deepest condolences to her family.”“Words cannot express the tremendous amount of sorrow our entire staff holds for Carley and her family,” said WDSU News Director Akili Franklin. “She was an extraordinary woman and a talented reporter. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.""She will be severely missed.”Eyewitnesses told KLFY-TV that lights went out at homes and businesses near the crash and that they heard something that sounded like "a semitruck.” Several residents said they were without power. Photos of the area where the plane crashed showed a blackened car, as well as tree limbs scattered in the parking lot of a post office. The smoldering remains of the plane were resting in a field near the post office.

A fire official says five people are dead after a small plane crashed in southern Louisiana.

Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit told KLFY-TV that the aircraft was an eight-passenger plane. He said there was one survivor in addition to the five fatalities. Three people on the ground were transported to the hospital. The report said a nearby Walmart store was evacuated as a precaution. The Lafayette Fire Department confirmed those that died in the crash were:

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  • Ian E. Biggs, the plane's pilot, age 51
  • Robert Vaughn Crisp II, age 59
  • Carley Ann McCord, age 30
  • Gretchen D. Vincent,age 51
  • Michael Walker Vincent, 15

Wade Berzas survived the crash. He was listed as being in critical condition, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said in a news release.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Sunday said no distress calls were made and much of the aircraft was crushed and consumed by fire when it crashed about a minute after leaving the Lafayette Regional Airport.

Carley McCord, a member of the sports team at WDSU, a Hearst-owned station, was among those killed in the crash. Hearst Television is the parent company of this station.

McCord's husband, Steve Ensminger Jr., told the Associated Press that his wife was aboard the plane. She had been traveling with friends from Lafayette to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta to watch Louisiana State University face the University of Oklahoma.

“We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family,” said WDSU President and General Manager Joel Vilmenay. “Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist.

"As we reflect on her impressive body of work, we offer our deepest condolences to her family.”

“Words cannot express the tremendous amount of sorrow our entire staff holds for Carley and her family,” said WDSU News Director Akili Franklin. “She was an extraordinary woman and a talented reporter. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends."

"She will be severely missed.”

Eyewitnesses told KLFY-TV that lights went out at homes and businesses near the crash and that they heard something that sounded like "a semitruck.” Several residents said they were without power.

Photos of the area where the plane crashed showed a blackened car, as well as tree limbs scattered in the parking lot of a post office. The smoldering remains of the plane were resting in a field near the post office.