TV reporter killed when stunt plane crashes in Louisiana

New Orleans news anchor killed in plane crash

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans television journalist Nancy Parker and the pilot of a small stunt plane are dead after their aircraft went down in a field near Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.

WVUE-TV said the 53-year-old Parker, who has been a reporter and anchor at the television station for 23 years, was shooting a story in a stunt plane when the crash occurred.

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The pilot of the aircraft Franklin J.P. Augustus, was a member of a group that honored the Tuskegee Airmen.

A Federal Aviation Administration statement said the plane was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft that crashed in an empty field about a half-mile south of the airport, which accommodates smaller aircraft, under unknown circumstances. That model aircraft is a biplane.

Parker leaves behind her husband, Glyn Boyd, and three children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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