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Former Browns in-house reporter Carley McCord among 5 killed in Louisiana plane crash

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Dec 28, 2019

LAFAYETTE, La. — A former Cleveland Browns in-house reporter was killed in a plane crash Saturday morning in Louisiana.

Carley McCord, 30, was among five people killed in the small plane crash.

McCord, who was a reporter for New Orleans TV station WDSU-TV and a sideline reporter for ESPN and Cox Media, got her first broadcast job in Cleveland working as an in-house reporter for the Cleveland Browns, WDSU reported.

A few months after working as the Browns’ in-house reporter, McCord was hired by CBS Radio Cleveland to be a morning show cast-member. After working in Cleveland for two years. McCord moved to Baton Rouge to pursue her broadcast career in her hometown.

First responders said six people were on board the small plane when it crashed. Only one survived the crash; that passenger, identified as Stephen Wade Berzas, is currently in critical condition.

Those killed in the crash have been identified as McCord, Ian Biggs, Robert Crisp II, Gretchen Vincent and one teenage passenger.

According to the Associated Press, McCord was traveling with the group to attend the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, where her father-in-law, Steve Ensminger, would be coaching as offensive coordinator for LSU. Brody Miller of The Athletic said that Ensminger would coach in the game.

The NTSB said that the two-engine Piper Cheyenne, after departing from the Lafayette Regional Airport, crashed under unknown circumstances one mile west of the airport into the parking lot of the post office.

Witnesses said that the plane hit a power line while trying to make an emergency landing.

"When that airplane tilted, it hit that post first, then hit that Suburban and Jeep. Then it just blew up," an eyewitness said.

Both the FAA and NTSB investigators are on their way to the accident site and will be taking over the scene to conduct a full investigation.

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