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Five dead after plane crashes into car park and sets on fire

Several people have been confirmed dead in the crash in Louisiana (Picture: Kellie Trahan/AP)
Five people have died and one person has reportedly been left with life-changing burns after a small plane crashed nearby a Walmart supermarket in Louisiana.

Authorities confirmed the two-engine Piper Cheyenne crashed into the car park of a post office, about one mile from the Lafayette Regional Airport.

It plummeted to the ground shortly after taking off on Saturday morning at 9.22am local time. Initial reports say the pilot was attempting an emergency landing at the nearby airport.

It is understood that six people were on board the plane at the time of the accident but five were later confirmed dead.

WDSU sports reporter, Carley McCord, has been confirmed dead in the accident by her husband Steven Ensminger Jr.

The journalist was on the way to a college football playoff game, and her father-in-law is believed to be the offensive coordinator for Louisiana State University’s football team..

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Several people have been confirmed dead in the crash in Louisiana (Picture: Kellie Trahan/AP)

Five people have died and one person has reportedly been left with life-changing burns after a small plane crashed nearby a Walmart supermarket in Louisiana.

Authorities confirmed the two-engine Piper Cheyenne crashed into the car park of a post office, about one mile from the Lafayette Regional Airport.

It plummeted to the ground shortly after taking off on Saturday morning at 9.22am local time. Initial reports say the pilot was attempting an emergency landing at the nearby airport.


It is understood that six people were on board the plane at the time of the accident but five were later confirmed dead.

WDSU sports reporter, Carley McCord, has been confirmed dead in the accident by her husband Steven Ensminger Jr.

The journalist was on the way to a college football playoff game, and her father-in-law is believed to be the offensive coordinator for Louisiana State University’s football team, which were playing against Oklahoma later today.

Sports reporter Carley McCord, one of the five victims of plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana (Picture: Facebook)
Sports reporter Carley McCord has been named as one of the five victims of the crash (Picture: Facebook)
Investigators look over the site of a plane crash near Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Authorities confirmed the accident but details on whether anyone was injured was not immediately known.(Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)
Another person was reportedly left with 100 per cent burns (Picture: Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser/AP)
A view of a damaged vehicle near the site of a plane crash near Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Authorities confirmed the accident but details on whether anyone was injured was not immediately known.(Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)
A nearby car was engulfed in flames and a passenger inside was rushed to hospital (Picture: Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser/AP)
Lafayette Louisiana authorities confirm that a small plane with 6 people on board crashed near the intersection of Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road on Saturday December 28, 2019.
Video footage shows the plane engulfed in flames (Picture: KATC)

‘We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family,’ said Joel Vilmenay, WDSU president and general manager.

‘Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist.’

One person suffered 100 per cent burns to their body and a bystander was injured in the accident, according to KPEL.

Four people were rushed to hospital – one from the plane, one on the ground and two post office employees who were brought in for evaluation, Mr Trahan said.

Videos and images showed the aircraft engulfed in flames in the car park, leaving behind a trail of scorching and smoking debris. A burnt-out car sat in the post office parking area, which was carpeted with scattered tree limbs.

A nearby Walmart was evacuated for safety, while witnesses described seeing the plane skidding through the car park before going up in flames.

Police said a vehicle in the car park was engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene and a person inside it was rushed to hospital.

A view of the burnt wreckage of a plane crash near Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Authorities confirmed the accident but details on whether anyone was injured was not immediately known.(Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)
It is believed the aircraft crashed after trying to do an emergency landing (Picture: Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser/AP)
Plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana (Picture: Kellie Trahan)
Investigators are working to establish the cause of the incident (Picture: Kellie Trahan)
Fallen tree limbs covers the ground near the site of a plane crash near Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Authorities confirmed the accident but details on whether anyone was injured was not immediately known.(Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)
It crashed in the car park of a post office (Picture: Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser/AP)

Reports say the eight-passenger plane was en route to Atlanta when it crashed, leaving many local businesses and homes without power.

Marty Brady, 22, said the lights went out at his apartment a couple of hundred yards or so away from the crash site as he was preparing to make a coffee.

He said he ran out and saw black smoke and flames from the post office car park and cut out power lines.

‘There were some people screaming and somebody yelled that it was a plane,’ he said.

Mr Brady said the plane clipped a power line over the gate to his apartment complex.

‘If it had been a little lower, it could have been a lot worse,’ he said.

Investigators are working to establish the cause of the crash.

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