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On November 7th, 2017, we lost Roy Halladay, or “Doc” as everyone knew him. A professional baseball player and family man, he was only 40 when he passed.
Just weeks before Halladay was Tweeting about his excitement of getting an aircraft. The aircraft, in which he died in.
The ICON A5 is an amphibious aircraft in the light-sport class. It’s a brand new plane which can be purchased for $389,000 fully equipped. Anyone who has flown it before will tell you it’s the “sport car of airplanes.” As the owner of the company put it, “it’s made for fun” and that’s exactly what Halladay was doing the entire week.
“There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.”-Old Aviation Proverb
The footage obtained by TMZ (see below) shows him piloting extremely aggressively. People who live near him have reported he has been flying like that since he got the plane. He was going as fast as he could (the A5 tops out at 121 mph) pulling up and dipping down repeatedly. Also, his dips were extremely close to the water. So much so in fact, that the boaters took out their phones to record him because it looked so dangerous. To their shock, they ended up recording the crash and aftermath.
The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into the crash.