Phillies alumnus Roy Halladay’s plane involved in crash in Gulf of Mexico
By John Town
A plane registered to former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. One person is confirmed dead.
A plane registered to former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon. One person is confirmed to be dead, although the identity of that person is unknown.
Halladay is an avid flying fan, owning an ICON A5 aircraft. St. Petersburg, Fla. police reported that the aircraft crashed 10 miles west of the city in the Gulf around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The tail number of the crashed plane is registered to Halladay.
Ryan Hughes of WFLA Tampa reports that the Pasco Sheriff will speak at 4:30 p.m. about the crash.
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Halladay has uploaded multiple videos and pictures to his personal Twitter account flying with his A5. The company actually gifted their first 2018 model plane to Halladay. He discussed his hobby in an ICON press release:
"“I’ve been dreaming about flying since I was a boy but was only able to become a pilot once I retired from baseball,” said Halladay.“I’ve owned other aircraft, but no aircraft embodies the adventure or captured the dream of flying like the A5. Not only is it the safest and easiest aircraft I’ve ever flown, it is hands-down the most fun. The beaches, lakes, and waterways my family and I get to explore around Florida are mind-blowing. Words don’t do justice to what the A5 allows us to experience. Even my wife, who used to be uncomfortable in small planes, now asks where we should take the A5 for the weekend. I’m honored to own the first A5 Founders Edition.”"
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