Roy Halladay's Crash Report Details Sharp Turns and Dive

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2013, file photo, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay answers questions after announcing his retirement after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia at the MLB winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 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, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
John Raoux/Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Monday into the plane crash that killed eight-time MLB All-Star Roy Halladay.

According to the NTSB, Halladay's plan came to within 75 feet of residential homes and flew about 11 feet above the Gulf of Mexico before crashing into the Gulf on the western coast of Florida, per the Tampa Bay Times' Josh Solomon.

At one point during the flight, Halladay flew up to 1,909 feet above sea level. He then descended to 600 feet over a period of 10 miles.

Halladay also made a 360-degree turn, which immediately preceded him coming to within close proximity of homes in New Port Richey, Florida.

The NTSB didn't release a cause of Halladay's crash but used information from the plane's data recorder to get an idea of its flight path prior to Halladay's death. An eyewitness also told an NTSB investigator he saw the plane reach an altitude of 300 to 500 feet before flying downward at a 45-degree angle.

NTSB investigator Noreen Price described the plane as making a "high-energy impact" as it hit the water, the Associated Press' Andrew Dalton and Terry Spencer (via the Boston Globe) reported Nov. 8.

The lead engineer of Halladay's plane, the Icon A5, died while flying the aircraft in May. Price declined to make any connection between the two accidents but said the NTSB will look for any possible overlapping issues.

"So as we move forward in the factual finding phase, if we see anything that we believe might connect it to previous accidents, we will certainly look at that," Price said. "And if we see anything that we think is unsafe, we will make recommendation immediately."

According to Solomon, Halladay had flown 700-plus total hours, with 50 coming in the Icon A5 model.

Solomon wrote the NTSB's investigation could take an entire year before the agency makes its final report.