A beloved New Orleans TV news anchor was killed in a plane crash while working on a story about a stunt pilot.
The plane went down Friday afternoon in a field near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, killing WVUE news anchor Nancy Parker and pilot Franklin Augustus.
Parker and Augustus were the only two people aboard the plane, which caught fire after hitting the ground, according to witnesses.
Parker was 53 years old. She is survived by her husband and three children, according to the station.
She had worked for WVUE for 23 years, anchoring weekend newscasts before later moving to weeknights and, most recently, weekday mornings.
“Nancy was absolutely a joy to work with each and every day,” WVUE vice president and general manager Tim Ingram said in a written statement. “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.”
Parker's husband, Glynn Boyd, announced on Instagram that funeral services would be held Friday.