AceShowbiz - FOX 8 News is mourning the loss of its member. Nancy Parker, a longtime reporter and anchor at the station, died in a stunt plane crash on Friday, August 16 near Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. She was 53 and is survived by her husband and three children.
According to multiple reports, Parker was shooting a story in a stunt plane with pilot Franklin J.P. Augustus, who also passed away, when a fire broke out after the plane went down, resulting in the crash. Photographer Gerald Harbert, who was at the site at the time of the incident, reported that the plane "is completely shattered."
Fox News confirmed the story through a statement, mourning the death of the reporter. Explaining that details of the incident have yet to revealed by the authorities, the statement read, "Nancy was a part of the FOX 8 family for the last 23 years. She put her heart and soul into her work, covering thousands of stories and touching countless lives. She made a difference in the lives of those she reported on. She will be sorely missed, and her absence creates a void that cannot be filled."
Vice President and General Manager Tim Ingram added in a separate statement, "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."
New Orleans Saints' owner Gayle Benson, meanwhile, said that Parker would be "sadly missed," adding, "Nancy was an outstanding, Emmy Award-winning news anchor, who fostered great trust with both those who she covered and with her viewers."
Representative for National Transportation Safety Board confirmed an investigation is expected to begin on Saturday.