Parishioners of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou gather for a Rosary being offered for the victims of a Lafayette plane crash including Robert Vaughn Crisp II and Stephen Wade Berzas. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Lafayette plane crash claims life of Mamou native
Shortly after takeoff from the Lafayette Regional Airport on Saturday, December 28, a twin-engine plane crashed on its way to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff Semifinal game between LSU and Oklahoma in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
The Lafayette Fire Department reported the plane collided with a vehicle on its descent. “There was small fire involving the plane and one vehicle was fully engulfed,” the fire department said in a statement. “Both fires were quickly extinguished. An immediate search and rescue was conducted.”
Upon the search, it was determined the crash claimed the lives of five individuals including Robert Vaughn Crisp II, 59, the vice president of Global Data Systems and a Mamou native.
Also perishing in the crash was Carley McCord, daughter-in-law of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. She was also a host for New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans coverage.
Another passenger on the plane was also a Mamou native. Stephen Wade Berzas, 37, remains in critical condition in a Lafayette hospital.
“The outpouring of compassion and encouraging words for Wade are deeply felt by our whole family,” Berzas’ family said in a statement. “We are truly grateful to be held so strongly in prayer by this community.”
“We thank you for the special gift of prayers and Rosaries dedicated to Wade’s healing. Our hearts ache for our friends and families affected by this tragic event.”
“Please offer us privacy in the days ahead as we give Wade our focused energy and loving support.”
A Rosary was prayed at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou on Monday, December 30, for those lost in the crash and for Berzas.