Carley McCord was one of five people killed when a small plane crashed Saturday near Lafayette Regional Airport in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Carley McCord, a sideline reporter and sports talk radio host covering the New Orleans Pelicans, Saints, and other sports, was traveling on a private plane to Atlanta to attend the game. Her husband, Steven Ensminger Jr., confirmed her death to the Press and said the plane was en route to the Peach Bowl playoff game in Atlanta between LSU and Oklahoma.
The plane’s pilot, 51-year-old Ian Biggs, 59-year-old Robert Vaughn Crisp II, 51-year-old Gretchen Vincent, and 15-year-old Michael Walker Vincent also died in the crash, the Lafayette Fire Department confirmed.
Stephen Wade Berzas, 37, another passenger on the plane, was taken to a hospital where he is listed as being in critical condition. Three bystanders were also injured and transported to the hospital. And two people who were in the U.S. Post Office near the crash also were treated for smoke inhalation.
Witness said: “I was shaking; I was scared,” said Alexis West, who lives nearby and saw the crash. “It just crashed and skidded across to the post office and just burst into flames.”
other Witness West, who said her whole house shook when the plane hit the ground, said several people jumped out of vehicles to rush to the plane. They were able to pull one person from the plane, she said.
“We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family,” said WDSU President and General Manager, Joel Vilmenay. “Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist. “