Victims of Fiery Louisiana Plane Crash Identified

WDSU Sports Reporter, Teen among Killed in Saturday’s Plane Crash in Louisiana


Authorities have identified the occupants of the plane that was involved in a fiery crash Saturday morning in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing five people and sending several others to the hospital.

Among those killed in the crash were a teenager and a sports reporter with New Orleans TV station WDSU.

Six people were on board the plane when the crash happened. Five of them died in the crash. They were identified as Michael Vincent, 15, Ian Biggs, 51, Robert Crisp II, 59, Gretchen Vincent, 51, and Carley McCord, 30, who reported sports news for WDSU.

Stephen Berzas, 37, was the only survivor on the plane and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The two-engine Piper Cheyenne took off from the Lafayette Regional Airport headed to Atlanta for the Saturday afternoon’s LSU-Oklahoma football game.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed at around 9:20 a.m. about a mile away from the airport in a field next to a post office and caught fire.

Three people on the ground were hospitalized. One of them sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Two other people who were inside the post office were treated for smoke inhalation and are OK, according to officials.

A witness of the crash said the plane made contact with power lines and hit the parking lot outside the post office.

The reasons behind the crash were not yet established at the time of the report.