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New Orleans TV Anchor Nancy Parker and Stunt Pilot Die in Plane Crash

August 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LA – As reported in online news articles published by and, well-known TV anchor Nancy Parker and a stunt pilot were killed in a plane crash.*

Nancy Parker, a 53-year-old award-winning journalist and TV anchor who covered South Louisiana for 2 decades, was killed in a plane crash while covering a feature story on a 69-year-old pilot and his stunt plane.  The plane crash happened on a Friday afternoon in an empty field near Jourdan Road and Morrison Road, not far from New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

According to the Director of New Orleans’ Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the stunt plane erupted into fire upon crashing.  The stunt plane, a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft, crashed approximately half a mile south of the airport for unknown reasons, according to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is expected to investigate the deadly plane crash.

Nancy Parker began her broadcast journalism career in Columbus, Georgia, moving on to Montgomery, Alabama, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and New Orleans, Louisiana at WVUE, where she had been for the last 23 years.  Parker won numerous awards for her journalism skills, including, among others, 5 Emmy Awards for “in-depth documentaries and features about the human spirit.”  

Parker is survived by her husband, a former WAFB reporter, and her 3 children.

The 69-year-old veteran stunt pilot who died in the plane crash was one of the world’s few African American stunt pilots and was president of the Lake Charles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airman, Inc.  

While the stunt pilot was not a Tuskegee Airman himself, anyone can become a member of a local chapter where members vote for presidents during elections.  Approximately 30 years ago, the stunt pilot described himself as “the world’s only black civilian air-show pilot.”

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