HOLIDAY, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies have confirmed former MLB player Roy Halladay is dead after a small aircraft crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
During a news conference, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco called the 40-year-old retired all-star a good friend to the agency and a charitable member of the community.
Investigators say Halladay was flying his ICON A5 over the Gulf of Mexico when the plane went down in the water about a quarter mile west of Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey around noon on Tuesday.
Halladay was the only person in the plane and died in the crash.
Deputies say no mayday calls were made to Tampa Air Traffic Control.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office, FWC, Pasco Fire Rescue and the Coast Guard all responded to the scene to help in recovery efforts. The NTSB will now take over the investigation.
The ICON A5 is a two-person single-engine amphibian plane, according to the sheriff’s office.
An ICON representative released this statement to News Channel 8:
We were devastated to learn that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died today in an accident involving an ICON A5 in the Gulf of Mexico. We have gotten to know Roy and his family in recent months, and he was a great advocate and friend of ours. The entire ICON community would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Roy’s family and friends. ICON will do everything it can to support the accident investigation going forward and we will comment further when more information is available.”
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