Pitcher Roy Halladay, who won two Cy Young Awards and more than 200 Major League Baseball games during a stellar career, was killed Tuesday in a plane crash in Pasco County.
Halladay, 40, was the only person on the two-seater plane that crashed just off New Port Richey on the Gulf coast north of the Tampa Bay area.
The single-engine plane, an Icon A5, crashed in very shallow water and was found upside down.
A 911 call came in at 12:06 p.m. saying that a small plane had crashed.
Icon A5s are considered light, amphibious airplanes. They can land on water or land, have folding wings and can be transported by trailers.
Halladay pitched parts of 16 seasons in the major leagues, the first 12 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won the Cy Young for the Jays in 2003, when he went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA and led the American League with nine complete games.
He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2010 season and won another Cy Young in his first year with the team. That season he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and threw a perfect game in the regular season and a no-hitter in his first postseason start. The no-hitter is the only one in National League postseason history.
Halladay will be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
According to the website of the Federal Aviation Administration, the certification for the plane was issued Monday, meaning the aircraft was brand new.
In May there was a crash of an A5 in California that killed both people on board. The NTSB ruled pilot error was the cause.
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