Doc was among 1st to fly ICON A5 plan
Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico shortly before it slammed into the water and killed the retired star pitcher, witnesses told federal investigators.
National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Noreen Price said Wednesday that Halladay’s ICON A5 experienced a “highenergy impact” with the water. She said both flight data recorders were recovered.
She said Halladay had been a licensed pilot since 2013 and logged about 700 hours of flight time. She said a preliminary report on the cause likely will be issued in seven to 10 days, but the full investigation could take up to two years.
Price said it was too early to say whether Halladay’s crash was related to two earlier crashes this year of A5s, one of them that killed both the plane’s chief designer and test pilot
The 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher was among the first to fly the model.