Investigators: Pitcher Roy Halladay performed turns before plane crash

By: Associated Press
November 21, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Federal aviation investigators say retired star pitcher Roy Halladay performed steep turns and flew feet above the water in his small plane moments before his fatal crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board didn't place blame for the crash in a preliminary report released Monday. It says witnesses and the plane's data recorder show Halladay was flying as low as 11 feet above the Gulf of Mexico in the minutes before the November 7 crash.

A witness told investigators Halladay's ICON A5 climbed to between 300 and 500 feet before it went into a 45-degree dive and slammed into the water.

The body of the two-time Cy Young Award winner was found in the wreckage.

The NTSB says a full investigation could take two years.

By: Associated Press
November 7, 2017

HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.

The sheriff's office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay's body. No survivors were found.

They said they couldn't confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.

Halladay retired in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.