LSU OC Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law dies in plane crash

ATLANTA – LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law, Carley McCord, was one of five people killed in a plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Saturday.

McCord, a sideline reporter and sports talk radio host covering the New Orleans Pelicans, Saints and other sports, was traveling on a private plane to Atlanta to watch No. 1 LSU play No. 4 Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Her husband, Steve Ensminger Jr., was already in Atlanta.

WDSU-TV in New Orleans, which employed McCord as a sideline reporter, issued a statement on McCord’s death.

“We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family,” WDSU president and general manager Joel Vilmenay said in a statement. “Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist. As we reflect on her impressive body of work, we offer our deepest condolences to her family.”

McCord, 30, was a graduate of Northwestern State University and LSU. She previously worked as a sports reporter in Cleveland before returning to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The eight-person passenger plane crashed into the parking lot of a post office about 1 mile from the Lafayette Regional Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said.

Four people were brought to the hospital: one from the plane, one on the ground and two post office employees who were brought in for evaluation, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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