Emmy-Award winning journalist and New Orleans TV news anchor Nancy Parker died in a plane crash while working on a story about a stunt pilot. Parker, 53, was killed along with the pilot, Franklin J.P. Augustus, when the plane crashed into a field near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Parker was shooting a story on board a stunt plane with Augustus, who was a member of a Louisiana group that honored the Tuskegee Airmen. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the plane involved was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft.
Parker was a fixture in New Orleans and worked at Fox 8 for 23 years, according to the station. The station’s vice president and general manager, Tim Ingram said, “Nancy was absolutely a joy to work with each and every day.”
“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,” Ingram stated.
Parker is survived by her husband and three children.
Rest In Peace Nancy Parker and Franklin Augustus. Our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.🙏🏾