WE COME ON AIR THIS EVENING WITH NEWS. WE SIMPLY WISH WAS NOT TRUE A PRECIOUS MEMBER OF OUR WDSU NEWS TEAM WHOSE VOICE ALWAYS MADE TO SMILE AND WHO SPUNKY PERSONALITY AS A SPORTS JOURNALIST COULD PUT EVEN THE TOUGHEST ATHLETES IN THEIR PLACE HAS PASSED AWAY. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT OUR OWN CARLY MCCORD IS SHE WAS AMONG THE FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN A SMALL PLANE CRASH IN LAFAYETTE EARLIER TODAY. SHE WAS TRAVELING TO THE LSU GAME IN ATLANTA WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHEN THE SMALL PLANE CRASHED OUR FLETCHER MACKEL SHOWS YOU HOW CARLY HAVE BEEN SMALL IN STATURE, BUT MADE A BIG IMPACT WHEREVER SHE WENT. THAT’S RIGHT, SHEREE. WELL, A LOT OF STORYLINES GO INTO THIS MAP AND CHARISMATIC PERSONABLE AND ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL CARLY MCCOURT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM WITH HER SMILE THE 30 YEAR OLD SPENT THE PAST TWO YEARS WORKING IN OUR SPORTS DEPARTMENT HERE AT CHANNEL 6 COVERING SOME OF THE AREA’S BIGGEST TEAMS IN ITS LARGEST SPORTING EVENTS FROM THE PELICANS TO LSU AND THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CARLY WAS EVEN AT THE ST. STEAM FACILITY ON FRIDAY COVERING A MAJOR BREAKING SPORTS STORY WORKOUT AND IT WAS NO SECRET THAT ONE. AND WAS FORMER LEAGUE MEMBER ANTONIO BROWN INTERVIEW AFTER INTERVIEW CARLY’S PERSONALITY ALWAYS SHINE THROUGH FROM ST. STARS TO THE AVERAGE FAN. SHE WAS A RISING STAR IN SPORTS MEDIA IN LOUISIANA CARLY COULD NOT ONLY BE SEEN HERE ON WDSU, BUT SHE ALSO SERVED AS A SIDELINE REPORTER FOR A LOCAL COLLEGE BROADCAST AND SERVED AS A GAME-DAY HOST FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AND THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS. EVERYONE’S GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THAT BLOWN CALL FOR A LONG TIME BORN AND IN BATON ROUGE CARLY. FROM NORTHWESTERN STATE AND A CONDITION WHERE SHE WAS MISS NORTHWESTERN STATE AND THEN LATER SHE RECEIVED A SECOND DEGREE IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM FROM LSU. SHE WAS MARRIED TO STEVE ENSMINGER JR. THE SON OF LSU OFFENSE OF COORDINATOR STEVENS MAKER SHE SURVIVED BY HER HER HUSBAND FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND FLETCHER JUST LOOKING AT THAT PACKAGE. IT’S DO YOU DIFFICULT TO PROCESS? YOU KNOW, CARLY CERTAINLY WAS A SPARK TO OUR SPORTS DEPARTMENT. I LOVE YOU AND SHARIF, BUT CARLY ADDED THAT JUST A LIGHT. DO YOU GUYS SHE DID AND SHE WAS SUCH A SPORTS FAN ON TOP OF BEING A GREAT SPORTS REPORTER. HER DOG WAS EVEN NAMED REGGIE BUSH BECAUSE SHE SHE LOVED THE SAINTS SO MUCH AND YOU KNOW, I’M KIND OF A HYPER-ENERGETIC PERSON SO I KIND OF HAD A KINDRED SPIRIT BECAUSE SHE IS VERY HYPER AND OUTGOING AND I’M SURE SORRY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. IT’S GOING TO BE HARD BECAUSE THERE ARE TIMES THAT A TEXTURE AT NIGHT SHE WAS UP AND I’M SURE OF THE DAYS █BY FORCE OF HABIT. I’LL GO TO TEXT OR CALL HER AND SEE WHAT’S GOING ON AND IT’S STILL HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THAT SHE’S NOT HERE. IT REALLY IS KIND OF STILL HARD TO PROCESS AND SPEAKING OF BEING HERE. SHE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO DO THE WORK. WE’RE JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW SHE ACTUALLY WASN’T EVEN SCHEDULED TO COME INTO WORK YESTERDAY AND TO DO THE STORY ABOUT ANTONIO BROWN, BUT BUT THAT WAS HER WORK ETHIC. SHE WAS ALWAYS AROUND, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS WHEN I SPOKE WITH OUR NEWS DIRECTOR ACHILLE FRANKLIN ABOUT BRINGING SOMEBODY ON A YEARS AGO SHE GAVE ME THIS CRITERIA, AND SHE SAID THAT SHE’S GOT TO BE GREAT ON TV. SHE’S GOT TO BE SMART. SHE’S GOT A NO SPORT. SHE’S GOT TO BE PERSONABLE. SHE’S GOT TO HAVE A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE AND I THOUGHT WELL, THIS WAS A GREAT FANTASY BECAUSE WE WILL NOT FIND SOMEBODY THAT FITS THIS CRITERIA, BUT SHE JUST CHECKED EVERY BOX AND WHATEVER ASSIGNMENT WE ASKED HER TO DO SHE WAS FANTASTIC AT INSPIRE THE MOMENT. SHE WAS VERY HAPPY TO COME IN NEVER ONCE DID WE ASK HER TO DO SOMETHING AND SHE SAID NO OR NO OR WHY IT WAS ALWAYS I BE THERE AT X Y OR Z AND I AM HAPPY TO DO IT AND I KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU WORKED FOR — SPORTS TV THE SAINTS AND THE PELICANS THAT THERE ISN’T ANYONE THAT DIDN’T LIKE OR RESPECT HER. OKAY, SO ALSO A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW BUT CARLY WAS STEVE ENSMINGER, ’S DAUGHTER-IN-LAWS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR LSU AND WE SAW THAT HE WAS OUT THERE WITH HIS TEAM TODAY. YEAH, OBVIOUSLY A TOUGH SITUATION FOR THE ENSMINGER FAMILY STEVE ENDS MIRROR YOU SEE HERE BEING EMBRACED BY PLAYERS CARLY’S HUSBAND IS STEVE ENSMINGER JUNIOR STEVE AND ZAMIR IS THE FORMER LSU QUARTERBACK CURRENTLY THE OFFENSE OF COORDINATOR FOR LSU. HE IS ACTUALLY COACHING IN THE GAME NOW THAT LSU IS THESE ARE PHOTOS FROM BEFORE THE GAME WHEN HE WAS ACTUALLY QUITE EMOTIONAL AFTER LEARNING THE NEWS ABOUT THE PLANE CRASH IN CARLY’S LOST THIS MORNING. ALRIGHT, WE WILL CHECK IN WITH YOU IN A LITTLE BIT FLETCHER. THANK YOU KNOW IT’S DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO FFICULT FOR ALL OF US TODAY. AGAIN. CARLY WAS AMONG THE FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN THAT PLANE CRASH IN LAFAYETTE. THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED THE NAMES OF ALL OF THOSE VICTIMS KILLED IN ANY INDIAN BIG’S THE PLANES PILOT WAS 51 YEARS OLD ROBERT VAUGHN CRISP. THE SECD 59 YEARS OLD. GRETCHEN VINCENT WAS 51 YEARS OLD. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALSO SAYS THAT 15 YEAR OLD MICHAEL WALKER VINCENT WAS ALSO KILLED WE’VE LEARNED THAT THERE WAS ONE SURVIVOR 37 YEAR-OLD. STEVEN WADE. BURRS HAS ONE WAS ON BOARD THE PLANE AND HE HE IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION TODAY. RIGHT NOW WDSU REPORTER CASEY FERRAND. SHE’S LIVE IN LAFAYETTE AND CASEY YOU LEARN THAT OTHERS AND NOT ON THE PLANE WERE ALSO HURT. THAT’S RIGHT. THERE WERE ACTUALLY THREE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT ON THE PLANE WHO WERE INJURED WHEN IT CAME CRASHING DOWN TWO OF THEM WERE ACTUALLY EMPLOYEES AT THE POST OFFICE WHERE THE CRASH HAPPENED ADJACENT TO THAT POST OFFICE. IT WAS ANOTHER PERSON WHO WAS APPARENTLY IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE POST OFFICE WHEN THAT CAR THAT PLANE CAME CRASHING DOWN AND ACTUALLY HIT TWO OTHER CARS IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE POST OFFICE NOW AS YOU SAID THE ONE SURVIVING PASSENGER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. HE’S BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 37 YEAR OLD. STEP THE STEPHEN VERSUS HE IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. WE’RE TOLD THAT THE PLANE TOOK OFF FROM THE LAFAYETTE REGIONAL AIRPORT JUST AFTER 9:00 THIS MORNING HEADED TO ATLANTA AND WENT DOWN MINUTES LATER. AND WHEN FIRE CREWS ARRIVED TO THE SCENE HERE, THEY SAY THE PLANE WAS UP IN FLAMES OF VEHICLE. ALSO IN THE AREA WAS ON FIRE THOSE FIRES WERE PUT OUT QUICKLY IN THE FIRE CREWS THEN STARTED SEARCHING FOR SURVIVORS. WE SPOKE TO ONE MAN WHO RAN TO HELP THE VICTIMS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PLANE CAME DOWN. I JUST SEE FLAMES EVERYWHERE. SO I START TO RUN DOWN IT JUST A BIG EXPLOSION NOW HERE MAN SCREAMING FOR HELP. SO MY FIRST THING WAS I LET ME GO HELP HIM TO MAKE SURE HE OR RIGHT BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, HE’S FROM THE PLANE CRASH AND THEN I FROM DAD’S LIKE LIKE CD JUST THEY JUST DEAD BODIES JUST THAT’S GOING ON. AND RIGHT NOW NO WORD ON WHAT ACTUALLY CAUSED THIS CRASH. WE’RE TOLD THE NTSB IS IN ROUTE HERE TO THIS TEAM TO START THEIR INVESTIGATION, BUT STILL NO ANSWERS AS TO WHAT CAUSED THIS CRASH. SO WE’LL HOPE TO GET YOU SOME MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR NOW REPORTING LIVE IN LAFAYETTE. I’M CASEY FERRAND WDSU NEWS. CASEY THANK YOU GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS ACKNOWLEDGE THE PLANE CRASH ON TWITTER. HE WROTE THIS POST AND IS ASKING EVERYONE TO JOIN HIM AND HIS WIFE FOR AND PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF EVERYONE AFFECTED. LITTLE MORE ABOUT CARLY NOW. SHE GRADUATED FROM LSU AND NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY IN ISSUES ATHLETICS DIRECTOR GREG BOURKE. HE JUST SENT A POST OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA SAYING THAT HER VIBRANT PERSONALITY AND PASSIONATE APPROACH TO SPORTS JOURNALISM HAD HER CAREER POINTED POINTED AT AN UPWARD TRAJECTORY. AS WE WERE TALKING EARLIER CARLY’S DEATH CERTAINLY REALLY HURTS HERE AT WDSU. HER SMILE IS SOMETHING WE CERTAINLY WILL NEVER FORGET WDSU PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER JOE VILMA A HE RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING QUOTE. SUCH AN AMAZING TALENT AND VALUED MEMBER OF OUR WDSU FAMILY CARLY’S PASSION FOR SPORTS JOURNALISM AND HER DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF LOUISIANA SPORTS FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS MADE HER AN EXCEPTIONAL JOURNALIST. WE REFLECT ON HER IMPRESSIVE BODY OF WORK. WE OFFER OUR DEEPEST DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY. AND CARLY IS FOND OF WORDS ON INSTAGRAM REALLY OFFERING MANY OF US. HOPE THROUGH THIS STORM. SHE WROTE THESE LYRICS ONLY RAINBOWS AFTER RAIN THE SUN. IT WILL ALWAYS COME AGAIN. REMEMBER CARLY ALWAY
Moments before plane crash, sports reporter texted last message to husband
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Steven Ensminger Jr., the husband of Carley McCord, who died in a plane crash Saturday, revealed her last message to him before she died. McCord was riding in a private plane Saturday to the Peach Bowl when the plane crashed, killing her and four others. McCord was a member of the sports team at WDSU, a Hearst-owned station. Hearst Television is the parent company of this station. Ensminger Jr. told Sports Illustrated that due to his job not allowing him to have his phone at work, he missed her phone call and text message before she boarded the plane. “I don’t have my phone and she sends me a message saying she loved me,” Steven said in the interview. “I was in and out of a nightmare, not being able to tell what was real and what wasn’t. I can remember laying in the hospital bed repeating myself, saying it wasn’t real and then one of the hardest things I’m dealing with is that I missed her text, and I missed her call. It is by far the most pain, angst and terror and just darkest time of my life, and I honestly don’t know how long it will last because I still don’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it.”Ensminger Jr. said in the interview that after he heard the news of McCord’s death, he was so distraught, he had to be hospitalized. He said it was a phone call he received from his father that gave him strength. “The one voice that got on the phone with me that was clear and strong and supportive and confident while I was laying in that bed was my dad right before he walked out for warm-ups. I could barely speak. I couldn’t hold myself together and he said, ‘Son, you will get through this; it’s what we do. We face the darkest times in our lives and it’s what we do, we get through it. And I will take care of you and I’ll be there for you to keep you strong. You’re my one and only son, and my namesake, and I love you, and I can promise you we will get through this,'” Steven said in the interview. You can read the entire Sports Illustrated interview here.
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McCord was riding in a private plane Saturday to the Peach Bowl when the plane crashed, killing her and four others. McCord was a member of the sports team at WDSU, a Hearst-owned station. Hearst Television is the parent company of this station.
Ensminger Jr. told Sports Illustrated that due to his job not allowing him to have his phone at work, he missed her phone call and text message before she boarded the plane.
“I don’t have my phone and she sends me a message saying she loved me,” Steven said in the interview. “I was in and out of a nightmare, not being able to tell what was real and what wasn’t. I can remember laying in the hospital bed repeating myself, saying it wasn’t real and then one of the hardest things I’m dealing with is that I missed her text, and I missed her call. It is by far the most pain, angst and terror and just darkest time of my life, and I honestly don’t know how long it will last b