Parker and the as-yet unidentified pilot of the small plane died in the crash, but officials couldn’t say yet what caused the accident. Her death was confirmed by the television station where she worked for 23 years and won numerous awards.
The station said Parker was covering a story in a stunt plane. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the plane was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft that crashed in a field about a half-mile south of the airport, which accommodates smaller aircraft. The airplane was a biplane and the cause of the crash is unknown but being investigated.
New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collin Arnold said the plane crashed about 3 PM and burst into flames.
‘It looks like the plane is completely charred,’ said an Associated Press photographer who visited the crash site. He described charred debris lying in the grassy field.
Parker is survived by her husband, Glyn Boyd, and three children.