Tragedy struck Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday morning when a small plane crashed and not only killed five people but sent many others to the hospital.
According to a report from WAFB 9, the flight was headed to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl, and on that flight was the daughter-in-law of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
Carley McCord of ESPN and Cox Sports was reportedly killed in the crash.
McCord’s husband, Steve Ensminger Jr., confirmed the news to the outlet.
“First responders says that six people were on board that plane, which is a Piper Fixed Wing Multi-Engine aircraft. Only one survived that crash.
The victims have been identified by the Lafayette Fire Department as:
Ian E. Biggs, 51, the plane’s pilot
Robert Vaughn Crisp, II, 59
Carley Ann McCord, around 30 years old
Gretchen D. Vincent, 51
Michael Walker Vincent, 15
Another passenger, Stephen Wade Berzas, 37, was injured in the crash and was transported to a local hospital. Authorities say he is in critical condition.
Three other individuals were injured on the ground who were not passengers.
“When that airplane tilted, it hit that post first then hit that suburban and Jeep…then it just blew up,” a witness told KATC.
“He was crashing, he was going down. I think he got inverted in the fog and couldn’t see,” nearby resident Terry Lavergne said, “Once he came out of the fog he wasn’t high at all. I think he tried to throttle up and by the time he throttled up, he was facing the ground. He hit hard.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the LSU family and anyone affected by this horrible tragedy.