Accident

Survivor and witnesses tell their stories of 2019 Lafayette plane crash as NTSB releases trove of documents

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — While a final report is likely still a few months away, the National Transportation Safety Board has released 29 documents detailing the December 2019 crash of a private plane near a Lafayette post office.

Five were killed and four people were injured in the Dec. 28, 2019 plane crash along Feu Follet Rd. shortly after the plane’s takeoff from Lafayette’s airport. Only one of the six people on board survived. The remainder of the injured survivors were bystanders. The plane was en route to the Peach Bowl playoff game in Atlanta between LSU and Oklahoma. Among those killed was sports broadcaster Carley McCord, the daughter-in-law of LSU coach Steven Ensminger.

The documents released this week include a number of highly technical investigations of the airplane, a Piper PA 31T owned by Cheyenne Partners LLC. They also include summaries of interviews with the wife of the deceased pilot, Ian Biggs, and with the lone survivor of the crash, Wade Berzas. Other documents include pictures of the plane’s flight path, witness reports and extensive factual reports from air traffic controllers, weather reports from the day of the crash, and extensive cataloging of the plane’s remains.

What is not included is a final probable cause of the crash, which NTSB officials tell News 10 will be included in the final report likely to be released near the year’s end.

Those killed in the crash included:

  • 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

Written by Scott LewisMark Rigsby

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