Halladay was flying plane low, witnesses tell safety board

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Witnesses have told federal investigators that former star pitcher Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico shortly before it slammed into the water and killed him.

National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Noreen Price says Halladay’s ICON A5 experienced a ”high-energy impact” with the water. She says both flight data recorders were recovered and the plane did not have a voice recorder.

Price says the 40-year-old Halladay had been a licensed pilot since 2013 and logged about 700 hours of flight time before Tuesday’s crash near Tampa. 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.

Halladay was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and retired after the 2013 season.

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