Nancy Parker, an anchor with the WVUE FOX 8 News in New Orleans, died in a small plane crash Friday, the station reported. She was 53.
Parker, who was with Fox 8 for 23 years, was shooting a story in a stunt plane when it went down just after 3 p.m. in a field about a half-mile south of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
The trained acrobatic pilot of the 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft, Franklin Augustus, was also killed.
“Nancy was absolutely a joy to work with each and every day,” FOX 8 vice president and general manager Tim Ingram said. “Today we lost a wonderful journalist and remarkable friend, the New Orleans television community lost a true treasure, but beyond that, her family lost a wife, a mother and daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
“Nancy was a part of the FOX 8 family for the last 23 years, she put her heart and soul into her work, covering thousands of stories and touching countless lives. She made a difference in the lives of those she reported on. She will be sorely missed, and her absence creates a void that cannot be filled.”
Two investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as one from the National Transportation Safety Board, were en route to the crash site to determine the cause of the accident.
Parker is survived by her husband and three children.