By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to a latest report, former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay may have been responsible for his own death. The Associated Press is reporting that Halladay performed turns before his crash.
He was reportedly speeding in his sports plane over the Gulf of Mexico before the crash two weeks ago. In his final seconds of life, he reportedly climbed sharply, the AP reports, before diving into the water.
Federal investigators released a preliminary report on Monday. Noreen Price, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator, placed no blame for the November 7 crash near Tampa, Florida.
A final report could take one to two years.
Halladay reportedly took off 17 minutes before the crash, Price said, and took off near a lake near his Tampa residence. He went from 1,900 feet in his ICON A5 to 600 feet as he got near the coastline, the NTSB revealed.
The plane’s data showed that he was at 36 feet when he reached the water. Then, as he was flying at 105 mph, he skimmed the water at 11 feet, flew in a circle, before climbing to 100 feet.
According to witness accounts, he climbed to 300 to 500 feet before the plane made a 45-degree drive, and slammed into the water. Once hitting the water, the plane flipped.
The plane was severely damaged once first responders reached it. Halladay’s body was inside, but it’s not clear if he died at the scene or later at a hospital.
The plane did not deploy a parachute. Halladay got the plane on Oct. 10. The former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher was the first to receive the model.
Yet, since his death, it’s been revealed that there’s been three crashes with this model of plane. Even the designer of the plane, 55-year-old John Murray Karkow and a passenger were killed earlier this year.
The Associated Press reports that Halladay had about 700 hours of flying after getting his license in 2013. He had just 51 hours of experience in his ICON A5, including 14 in this particular plane that he crashed.
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