Doc was among 1st to fly ICON A5 plan

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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.

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