The award-winning anchor for local television news in New Orleans died in a plane crash while working on a story about a stunt pilot.
53-year-old Nancy Parker was killed along with Franklin pilot JP JP Augustus when the plane crashed in a field near the airport of New Orleans Lake. Local officials said the cause of the crash was the investigation.
Parker, who won five Emmy Awards for her work as a journalist, was anchored in New Orleans, and at the station she has been working at for 23 years, colleagues reported from her station, tears were shed as she shared news of the fatal incident of time on its news broadcast.
"Nancy was absolutely a pleasure to work with every day," said Vice President and Station General Manager Tim Ingram. "Today we lost a wonderful journalist and a remarkable friend, the New Orleans television community lost real treasure, but beyond that, her family lost her husband, mother and daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. "
Parker survived by her husband and three children.
Celebrities and local officials, including the Mayor of New Orleans,
"New Orleans did not just lose a five-time winning Emmy-winning journalist or a familiar, soothing face on our television screens," said Mayor Latoya Cantrell. . "
August is a local New Orleans native known for introducing young black people to flying and working as a drug advocate. He described himself as "the world's only black civilian airplane acrobatic pilot," the Times-Picayune / The New Orleans lawyer said.
"Both victims lost in this tragic incident were beloved, one-of-a-kind people," Cantrell said. "Our hearts and our love go out to their families and all who know them. May Nancy and Franklin rest in the perfect peace of God."
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 used in pilot races since the 1940s.
The Parker family announced Saturday that it has started a scholarship fund to honor Nancy Parker, a native of Opelika, Alabama, through the Community Foundation of East Alabama.