Crews remove Halladay’s plane from Gulf as NTSB launches investigation

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Crews returned to the scene Wednesday of a deadly plane crash that claimed the life of retired Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay.

Authorities say the 40-year-old former all-star 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.

Crews were back in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday to try and remove the remnants of the plane from the water.

The National Transportation Safety Board and ICON employees were also at the scene investigating.

The NTSB arrived at the scene of the crash Tuesday. Wednesday was the organization’s first full day at the scene.

Preliminary investigation shows the plane hit the water near New Port Richey around 12:06 p.m. Investigators called it a “high-energy impact.”

Halladay was the only person in the plane at the time and was killed in the crash. Responding crews found the plane upside down in about 4 feet of water.

Investigators say Halladay took off from Odessa Tuesday morning. They are still working to establish a timeline of what happened between the takeoff and the time of the crash.

The NTSB says all major components of the plane have been accounted for, and all of the wreckage from the crash has now been removed from the Gulf of Mexico. The wreckage will now be shipped to a facility for the investigation. Two data recorders retrieved from the scene will also be shipped for processing.

Interviews with witnesses have begun, and authorities say many have said they noticed the plane maneuvering at low altitudes.

The NTSB is looking for more witnesses to talk to. Anyone who saw the crash or has any information is urged to contact witness@ntsb.gov.

Investigators say they will not be determining a probable cause while they are at the scene and will not speculate what caused the crash. A preliminary report is expected to be released in 7-10 days. The full investigation will take one to two years.

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