News Plane Crashes — 07 November 2017

PLANE CRASH VIDEO – Witnesses Say He Was Showboating

Roy Halladay appeared to be hot doggin’ it in his plane in the moments before his crash — making extreme and unusual changes in altitude … this according to multiple witnesses.

TMZ Sports has obtained footage shot by boaters who say the ex-MLB star’s plane was going from 100 feet in the air down to 5 feet and then back up again … repeatedly.

The boaters were so shocked by the flying pattern, they pulled out their cell phones to capture the bizarre dips and rises.

Moments later, the plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico — and the boat full of witnesses raced over to the crash scene to see if they could help. Once they arrived, it was clear the pilot was dead.

Moments before the crash:

The responders called 911 and waited for help to arrive.
We spoke with other boaters in the area who told a similar story — “dramatically increasing and decreasing in elevation.”

Another witness says, “He was flying like that all week. Aggressively.”
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has launched an investigation into the crash.

Halladay was 40 years old.

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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay died Tuesday after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

An airplane with the tail number registered to Halladay crashed into the Gulf north of Bailey’s Bluff in Holiday, Fla.

The Pasco Sherriff’s Office confirmed Halladay was killed in the crash during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Halladay finished his 16-year career in 2013 with a 203-105 record, spending time with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.

Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award in 2003 and then won the National League award with the Phillies in 2010.

He also threw a no-hitter in the 2010 NL Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Phillies released this statement on Twitter shortly after the news broke.

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After retirement, Halladay became a pretty avid pilot; both his Twitter avatar and cover photo featured his plane, the same plane that went down Tuesday in Florida.

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Blue Jays legend Roy Halladay is dead after crashing his personal plane in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

He was 40.

The eight-time all-star and two-time Cy Young Award winner was involved in the crash at about 1 p.m.

Early reports out of Florida matched the plane’s registration number to Halladay’s own ICON A5 light sport aircraft, which he has posted frequently about since seemingly acquiring the airplane on Oct. 17.

“I have dreamed about owning an A5 since I retired! Real life is better than my dreams!! Thanks Kirk and everyone @ICONAircraft,” he wrote at the time.

According to ICON’s website, the A5 seats two people in its cockpit. A spokesperson for the company confirmed one of their planes was involved in an incident in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Tuesday.

“We are in the process of finding out more information and will provide more details as facts come in,” the spokesperson said in an email to the Star.

A nearby resident called in the crash. Florida Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard, Pasco Fire Department and Pasco Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.

The sheriff’s office said debris from the plane would be recovered over the next couple of hours; the Swift Water Response Team and Marine Unit is protecting the site during its investigation.

Halladay was at the sheriff’s office’s Fishing For Families tournament last Friday, sheriff Chris Nocco said Tuesday. He said the office was “blessed to have known this incredible friend.”

Halladay made his passion for flying clear on his social media feeds, regularly posting photos and videos of himself in the cockpit of his aircraft.

The right-hander was drafted 17th overall by the Blue Jays in 1995, won his first Cy Young in 2003 and remained with the franchise until he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2009.

Among the greatest players in franchise history, he remains second all-time for Blue Jays wins, strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings and shutouts; and third all-time in starts, ERA, innings pitched and completed games.

He retired after four seasons with the Phillies, during which time he won a second Cy Young, pitched a perfect game and served up a playoff no-hitter.

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