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. 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. "And if we see anything that we think is unsafe, we will make recommendation immediately", Price said during a news conference in New Port Richey. "Give me a break", Felger said, giving his listeners permission to mock him if he ever dies doing something risky.
The ICON A5, a sleek, single-engine amphibious plane, is referred to as a "jet ski with wings".
Stephen Pope, editor-in-chief of Flying Magazine, told the Associated Press that the low-flying plane is potentially risky when flown over water, and he had concerns about Halladay's level of experience with flying.
"As a 40-year-old grown-ass man, you're still doing that, to the point where you've got to get in planes and race cars and all that crap?"
Halladay is survived by his wife and two kids.
Pope said "the plane itself is great". Investigators have not spoken to the people who provided the video yet, however. "They think you should not have a low-time pilot flying low over water". Pasco County sheriff's officials are holding on to Halladay's memory through K9 deputy, Doc. In May, the plane's head designer, Jon Murray Karkow, and the company's director of engineering, Cagri Sever, died in the same plane in a crash in California.
Another A5 crashed in April, making a hard landing in the water off Key Largo, Florida, injuring the pilot and his passenger.
The NTSB blamed pilot error for the crash, saying Karkow mistakenly entered a canyon while flying too low, causing the plane to strike the canyon wall. The pilot told investigators the plane descended faster than he expected.