Report: Disturbing details emerge in fatal Halladay plane crash

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The plane that former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, 40, died flying on Tuesday is the same plane its designer died in earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Halladay’s ICON A5 plane went down in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Florida. The plane was designed for entry-level pilots like Halladay, who had taken up flying as a hobby after his retirement.

Halladay was proud of the tiny sports-plane he’d purchased, sending out a Twitter post on Oct. 13, saying, “I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better than my dreams!!”

In one of many ebullient tweets about his new plane, Halladay said it felt “like flying a fighter jet.”

Tragically, Halladay’s plane landed upside down in shallow water after he’d owned it for less than a month.

There are only about 20 ICON A5 planes in existence. Halladay was reportedly among the first to fly the model, in which its chief designer and test pilot died. John Murray Karkow died while flying an A5 over California’s Lake Berryessa on May 8. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Karkow’s death was the result of pilot error.

ICON Aviation said they would assist the NTSB in every way possible with its new investigation into Halladay’s death.

“We have gotten to know Roy and his family in recent months, and he was a great advocate and friend of ours,” ICON said in a statement, reporting they were “devastated” by the news of his passing.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office marine unit said Halladay’s body was found in shallow water near some mangroves.

The video below highlights Halladay’s 2010 historic no-hitter with the Phillies.

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