HOLIDAY, FL (November 7 2017)- Roy Halladay, Two-time Cy Young Award recipient, was identified as having died in a plane crash in Florida. Halladay had played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, with a win count of over 200 games by the time his 16-year career had ended. (map)
The accident occurred around noon on Tuesday. Halladay was flying his Icon A-5, a single-engine plane he spoke about on social media. The plane was found inverted in the Gulf of Mexico close to Holiday, Florida, according to local authorities.
The Icon A-5 is a two-seater personal plane that the retired pitcher received as part of the plane’s marketing campaign. Halladay’s plane had been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, meaning it was new. Classified as amphibious, the A-5 touts its ability to land in water as well as land. This particular model had also claimed the life of its designer earlier this year.
An investigation is still ongoing as to the cause of the crash, including on whether there were passengers involved or the plane’s destination.