Report: Fire official says 5 dead in small plane crash in Louisiana


LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – A fire official in Louisiana is quoted as saying that five people are dead after a small plane crashed in the city of Lafayette. Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit told local media that there were five fatalities found at the scene. Acadian Ambulance said via Twitter that it responded to the scene of a “crash of a small civilian airplane” in Lafayette and transported two patients to a local hospital.

The passengers of the plane have been confirmed as follows:

  • Ian E. Biggs, white male, the plane’s pilot, age 51
  • Robert Vaughn Crisp II, white male, age 59
  • Carley Ann McCord, white female, age 30 
  • Gretchen D. Vincent, white female, age 51
  • Michael Walker Vincent, white male, age 15

One injured plane passenger remains hospitalized and in critical condition:

  • Stephen Wade Berzas, white male, age 37

The plane, a twin-engine turboprop Piper owned by Cheyenne Partners, LLC, (N42CV) was headed to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, Ga., according to its flight plans. Flight data from showed that the plane only achieved an altitude of around 375 feet before crashing. Eyewitnesses explained that the plane took out power lines and struck a nearby occupied vehicle – the driver of which was among the bystanders take to the hospital.


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