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Nancy Parker’s plane crash killed her while recording a story


Nancy Parker’s plane crash killed her while recording a story. She died in a deadly plane crash with side pilot Franklin, according to the Mayor of New Orleans. Nancy Parker was working on a story for Fox affiliate TV station WVUE when the stunt plane she was filming in crashed near Lakefront Airport, New Orleans on Friday.

Ms. Parker was filming a section about Mr. Augustus who was admiring a group of pioneering World War II-era African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

A fire broke out shortly after the plane crash and 53-year-old were killed along with the pilot, Franklin J.P. Augustus.

A Federal Aviation Administration statement said the stunt plane was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft that crashed in an empty field about a half-mile south of the airport, which includes smaller aircraft, under unknown circumstances. That model aircraft is a biplane.

Parker, who earned five Emmy Awards for her work as a journalist, was a fixture in New Orleans and at the station, she worked at for 23 years, her station told. Parker was also active in the community as a speaker and active supporter of dozens of non-profits as well as community groups. Her colleagues hid tears as they received news of the fatal accident during their newscast.

Nancy Parker's plane crash killed her while recording a story
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More about Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker was born in 1966 in Opelika. Alabama, U.S. her birth name was Nancy May Parker. Her nationality was American. She was born to Bill Parker(father) and Pasty Parker(mother).

At the age of 17, she used to cover news with a tape recorder and a big dream. Nancy then graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Her career as a fixture on the local newscasts spanned for more than two decades, nearly all of them spent anchoring broadcasts on WVUE-TV.

The 17-year-old juggled faculty events while overlaying information in the night with a tape recorder and a dream, her biography reads.

Parker graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a bachelor’s diploma in journalism.

Her career as a fixture on the local newscasts spanned for more than two decades, nearly all of them spent anchoring broadcasts on WVUE-TV.

Brees, himself a fixture in the city since 2006, wrote in a Twitter post that Parker was a beloved reporter & news anchor.

She survived as the wife of Glen Boyd and mother of three children her twins Piper and Pierce — and her oldest son, Parker.

She died on Friday, August 16, 2019, in a small plane crash in New Orleans East. Also killed was the pilot of the small plane, Franklin Augustus, a flight instructor, and stuntman.

Reactions to Nancy Parker’s plane crash

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell published a statement expressing respect for Parker’s work as a reporter. “She told it to us straight, but with a combination of professionalism, intelligence, warmth, and grace we may never experience again. New Orleans did not just lose a five-time Emmy-winning journalist or a familiar, comforting face on our TV screens. We lost a loving mother of three, a beautiful human being, and an invaluable member of our community,” Cantrell announced.

“Both victims lost in this tragic incident were beloved, one-of-a-kind individuals,” Cantrell added. “Our hearts and our love go out to their families and all who knew them. May Nancy and Franklin both rest in God’s perfect peace.”

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called Nancy Parker’s plane crash “shocking loss” on Twitter. “Please join your prayers to mine and Donna’s for Nancy’s husband and three children as they come to terms with this shocking loss,” Edwards wrote.   

Ms. Parker’s husband, Glynn Boyd, shared an emotional tribute to his wife on Facebook.

“My heart is shattered. The dearest and most wonderful person in my life is gone. Our Nancy was an amazing human being,” he added, “I was so proud of her; first as an awesome mother of our three children, just incredible. She loved them so much. This is why this is so difficult to comprehend. And she was a true professional, a master of her craft. “No man, but God could’ve taken Nancy from my arms. I loved her and she loved me. We were best friends.”

WWL-TV reports Parker and her husband, Glynn Boyd, met while covering a political race in Tuskegee, Alabama. Boyd, who now works as a public information officer, also spent many years as a TV reporter.

“I remember noticing her when I walked in,” Boyd said about meeting Parker for the first time. “I noticed she was really aggressive and asking all of the smart questions.”

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