LANHAM, Md. — Four planes crashed in separate incidents in Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, and Maryland Saturday, Dec. 28 and Sunday, Dec. 29.
Five people died in the crash in Louisiana and one in the Maryland crash. At least eight were injured in the four crashes.
All four crashes involved smaller-sized aircraft.
Sports reporter dies in Louisiana crash
A Piper PA-31T was headed to Atlanta for a college football playoff game when it crashed near Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana Saturday, Dec. 28, officials said.
The five people killed in this crash were:
• Ian E. Biggs, 51, the pilot
• Robert Vaughn Crisp II, 59
• Carley Ann McCord, 30
• Gretchen D. Vincent, 51
• Michael Walker Vincent, 15
McCord was a sports reporter with WDSU television in New Orleans and also served as in-game host for the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. The teams remembered McCord’s “infectious personality” in a joint statement.
A sixth person on board survived the crash, Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit said in a news conference. The injured passenger was identified as Stephen Wade Berzas, 37. He is in critical condition, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said in a news release.
Three people were injured on the ground, two of whom were treated for smoke inhalation and are doing fine, Benoit said.
North Carolina plane crashes in parking lot
Four people were injured when a small plane crashed in a parking lot across from Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina Saturday, Dec. 28.
The plane crashed as it was taking off about a quarter-mile east of the airport, according to CNN affiliate WLOS-TV.
No details have been provided on what may have caused the plane to crash, but the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop at the airport in the evening as a result.
Pilot the only one on board during Long Island crash
Only the pilot was aboard the Mooney M20R aircraft when it crashed into a wooded area of East Farmingdale, Long Island Saturday, Dec. 28, authorities said.
The crash took place about 1 mile south of the runway at Republic Airport, a person with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The pilot was on the final approach when the crash occurred, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters told CNN.
New York State Police are investigating the crash and have not released the condition of the pilot.
Maryland plane crashed into two homes
One person was killed Sunday after a small plane crashed into two houses in Lanham, Maryland Sunday, Dec. 29.
The airplane hit a carport attached to a single-family home, Prince George’s County spokesman Mark Brady said. The plane burst into flames, igniting a car and damaging the house and the one next door. The home was not occupied at the time of the crash, he added.
One person on the plane was declared dead on the scene, Brady said.
The crash happened about three miles south of the College Park Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters told CNN.