Wednesday , January 20 2021

Nancy Parker, a local Fox anchor, remembered by the NFL's Drew Brees, others in Louisiana



Tributes are poured in for a local FOX reporter in New Orleans who was killed in a small plane crash Friday while telling a story about a stunt pilot.

Nancy Parker, 53, was a wife and mother of three who had worked as an anchor and reporter at FOX 8 in New Orleans for 23 years.

She was remembered by NFL quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints as well as Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and others around the state who admired the journalist and her work.

The pilot, identified by the station as Franklin J.P. Augustus, also died in the crash.

FOX NEW ORLEANS REPORTER AND ANCHOR NANCY PARKER, 53, AMONG 2 DRAFT IN PLANE CRASH, STATION SAYS

Fox 8 officials confirmed the news of their "longtime colleague and friend's passing".

Brees, who has been a real estate agent in the city since 2006, wrote in a Twitter post that Parker was a "beloved reporter and news anchor."

Saints owner Gayle Benson wrote on Facebook that Parker "created great trust with both those she covered and with her viewers." Benson included in his post a photo of himself with Parker.

Governor Edwards tweeted that Parker told "stories that matter to the people of our state.

"Join in your prayers about mine and Donna's for Nancy's husband and three children as they come to terms with this shocking loss," the governor added.

"Suits" actor Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native, said he was "deeply saddened by the premature death of the accomplished journalist."

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the aircraft was a 1983 Pitts S-2B plane that crashed into an empty field about half a mile south of the airport that can accommodate smaller aircraft under unknown circumstances. This model aircraft is a double aircraft.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash.

Fox News & # 39; Melissa Leon contributed to this report.


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