Louisiana sports reporter among 5 killed in Louisiana plane crash

Carley McCord is the Daughter-in-law of LSU coach Steve Ensminger

LAFAYETTE, La. – Authorities confirm five fatalities following a small plane crash that happened in the Lafayette area Saturday morning, according to Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit.

Authorities say a small plane crashed into the parking lot of a post office in Louisiana shortly after takeoff, killing five people.

Louisiana sports reporter Carley McCord was among those who died in the crash on the way to a college football game.

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. The team is to play Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the two-engine Piper Cheyenne went down about a mile from the Lafayette Regional Airport on Saturday morning.

Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan says the plane caught fire after it crashed and that the flames fully engulfed a car nearby.

Trahan says four people were brought to the hospital: one from the plane, one on the ground and two post office employees.

Six people were inside the plane before it crashed at around 9 a.m. near the intersection of Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road. According to reports from KATC a person knew the people on the plane were headed to the Peach Bowl game in Atlanta. Details on the reason for the crash have not been released but witnesses say that the plane, which is a small 8 passenger plane, hit a power line while trying to make an emergency landing.

Acadian Ambulance responded to the crash of a small civilian airplane in

Lafayette (La) this morning and transported two patients to a local hospital.

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Update on Lafayette (La) airplane crash. Acadian transported a total of four patients. One who was onboard the aircraft and three who were on the ground.

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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