November 20, 2017

NTSB investigators: Roy Halladay performed turns before crash

Plane Crashes Roy Halladay
110817_Halladay-Crash_AP WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay/via AP

In this image provided by WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay, authorities investigate a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, near Holiday, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal aviation investigators say retired star pitcher Roy Halladay performed steep turns and flew feet above the water in his small plane moments before his fatal crash two weeks ago.

The National Transportation Safety Board didn't place blame for the crash in the preliminary report released Monday. It says witnesses and the plane's data recorder show Halladay was flying as low as 11 feet above the Gulf of Mexico in the minutes before the Nov. 7 crash near Tampa.

A witness told investigators Halladay's ICON A5 climbed to between 300 and 500 feet before it went into a 45-degree dive and slammed into the water.

The body of the two-time Cy Young Award winner was found in the wreckage.

The NTSB says the full investigation could take two years.