A small passenger plane en route to Atlanta for a College Football Playoff game crashed Saturday in an open field in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing five people. One person on board survived with life-threatening burns.
Among the victims: the daughter-in-law of Louisiana State University’s offensive coordinator, Steve Ensminger. LSU is set to face Oklahoma University Saturday evening in the Peach Bowl.
Passersby pulled a person from the flaming wreckage, said Alexis West, who lives nearby and saw the crash. Four people were hospitalized: a survivor from the plane, one person injured on the ground and two employees of a nearby post office who were brought in for evaluation, said Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan.
The plane, after leaving a burning black path as it skidded through an open field, hit a car, flipping it, and slammed into a tree. The post office was also damaged.
The plane, which can carry eight passengers, was en route to the Peach Bowl, Steven Ensminger Jr. told The Associated Press. His wife, Carley McCord, was on board and died in the crash, Ensminger Jr. said. McCord was a sports reporter.
“I was shaking; I was scared,” said Alexis West, who lives nearby and saw the crash. “It just crashed and skidded across to the post office and just burst into flames.”
West, who said her whole house shook when the plane hit the ground, said several people jumped out of vehicles to rush to the plane and were able to rescue one person on board.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Doug Stanglin and Ashley White