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Monday, August 26, 2019

Award-Winning News Anchor Killed in a Plane Crash While on the Job

Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker

New Orleans, LA — Nancy Parker, a 53-year old reporter and anchor at FOX 8 New Orleans, tragically died while aboard a small plane that crashed. She was on her way to report a story.

The plane being flown by 69-year old Franklin Augustus crashed shortly after takeoff and caused an explosive fire. Augustus, who had described himself as the world’s only black civilian air-show acrobatic pilot, also died in the crash.

According to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed into an empty field, a half-mile from the airport, due to “unknown circumstances.” Witnesses said the plane had “engine problems” but the official cause of the crash is still under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

Parker had been working at the news station for over 23 years and had won multiple Emmy Awards. She leaves behind her husband, Glynn Boyd, who is a former TV journalist, and their three young children, Parker, Piper, and Pierce.

Tributes were pouring in from her colleagues and the community. FOX 8 remembered her for her dedication and lively attitude in her job.

“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.”

The FOX 8 Vice President and General Manager, Tim Ingram, also released a statement saying, “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.”

Her husband, who now works as a public information officer at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, described her in a Facebook post as “a true professional, a master of her craft. She had so much to give. So smart, so talented, she was my everything..”

“I loved her and she loved me,” he continued. “We were best friends. I would trade places with her right now. I should’ve been on that plane. She was our road map, our compass, our guiding light. I’m lost without my wife.”

Boyd concluded the post by thanking people for the outpouring of support and asking people to “please keep us in prayer.”