According to the Associated Press, McCord was traveling with the group to attend the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, where her father-in-law, Steve Ensminger, would be coaching as offensive coordinator for LSU.
The plane, a multi-engine Piper fixed-wing aircraft, crashed into the parking lot of a post office before it came to rest in the open.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron issued a statement following the crash, sending his condolences to the Ensminger family and ensuring that one of his key assistants will be on the field Saturday evening. One of the transported had been in the plane at the time of the crash and the other is possibly the motorist who was struck by debris from the plane.
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A vehicle in the lot was hit by the plane, another witness said. "It just crashed and skidded across to the post office and just burst into flames".
Weather conditions at Lafayette Regional Airport were listed as foggy throughout Saturday morning, with a visibility of 0.75 miles, according to the National Weather Service.
Residents in the immediate area also reportedly lost power due to the crash.
Our thoughts are with the family. He and other eyewitnesses told the TV station that the plane hit a auto as it fell, and that someone could be heard screaming inside the vehicle. The nearby Walmart is closed and has been evacuated.