NTSB: Pilot radioed tower of “problems” before New Orleans plane crashed

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53-year-old Nancy Parker, an award-winning TV journalist in New Orleans for more than two decades. She was killed in a plane crash.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal investigators say the pilot of a small plane in a deadly crash near New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport radioed the control tower shortly after takeoff about unspecified problems and sought clearance to return.

The pilot and a television journalist aboard were both killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a statement Saturday that the radio call was made just before the Aerotek Pitts S-2B crashed Friday afternoon. Much of the wreckage was consumed in a post-crash fire.

Veteran pilot and news journalist were killed in crash

Killed were 69-year-old Franklin J.P. Augustus, a veteran acrobatic air show pilot and New Orleans-based member of a group that honored the Tuskegee Airmen, and 53-year-old Nancy Parker, an award-winning TV journalist in New Orleans for more than two decades.

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The NTSB says it will release a preliminary report within a few weeks.