Report: Pilot reported problem shortly before deadly crash that killed WVUE news anchor

Witnesses told investigators plane had engine trouble

Chris Miller
August 17, 2019 - 5:37 pm

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert


Shortly before a crash that killed him and WVUE news anchor Nancy Parker, the pilot of the airplane radioes Lakefront Tower to report he was having trouble with the aircraft, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Pilot Franklin Augustus had received clearance to land his Aertek Pitts S-2B, but crashed south of the runway in a lot near Jourdan and Morrison roads Friday afternoon.

The NTSB released the information the day after the crash. Witnesses told the NTSB that the plane appeared to be experiencing engine trouble shortly before the crash.

Augustus was an experienced pilot and local mentor for youth who created his own costumed superhero, "Drug Fighter," according to a statement from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Parker was an Emmy-winning local broadcaster who had been part of the WVUE Fox 8 news team since 1996.

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