UPDATED: Small plane crashes in Lafayette

Update: 12/28/19, 2:40 p.m.

The five victims of the plane crash have been identified by the Lafayette Fire Department.

  • Gretchen Vincent, 51
  • Michael “Walker” Vincent, 15. He was a junior at Episcopal Ascension High School in Lafayette. His 16th birthday would have been Sunday.
  • Carley McCord, WDSU sports reporter from Baton Rouge. She was the digital media reporter for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and also the in-game host for the New Orleans Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints.
  • Ian Biggs, 51, the plane’s pilot
  • Robert Vaughn Crisp II, 59


Update: 12/28/19, 1:58 p.m.

WDSU sports reporter Carley McCord, 30, has died in this morning’s plane crash on the way to watch the Peach Bowl in Georgia. Her husband, Steven Ensminger Jr., confirmed the death to The Associated Press on Saturday. Ensminger’s father is the offensive coordinator for Louisiana State University’s football team. LSU is playing the University of Oklahoma in this afternoon’s game.


According to reports from Lafayette television station KATC-TV, five people are dead after a small plane crashed just outside Lafayette this morning near Feu Follet and Verot School Road. Six people were on board the Piper Fixed Wing Multi-Engine aircraft. KATC-TV has confirmed one survivor and three bystanders were taken to a local hospital.

News of the crash was reported via their Twitter account around 9:45 a.m. The station is also reporting the plane was heading to Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee, Georgia.

FAA and NTSB investigators are headed to the scene.