Halladay drugged, doing stunts when a plane crashed


FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) – Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and dived in Tampa Bay in 2017. killing, a National The Transportation Safety Board report was released Wednesday.

Halladay had amphetamine levels in the blood about 10 times higher than the therapeutic levels, as well as a high level of morphine and an antidepressant which can impair the judgment because he made steep climbs and turns, sometimes within 1.5 meters (5 feet) of water. , indicates the report on the crash of November 7, 2017.

The maneuvers put loads of nearly twice the gravity on the plane, an A5 icon Halladay had bought a month earlier. During the last maneuver, Halladay entered a steep climb and his speed dropped to approximately 85 miles per hour (135 km / h). The propeller plane dived into a dive and crashed into the water. The report says Halladay, 40, died of blunt trauma and drowning.

The report does not give a definitive reason for the accident. This document should be published soon.

About a week before the crash, the former star of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies flew the plane under the famous Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge, posting on social media, “fly the A5 icon over the above the water is like flying a fighter plane! ”

Halladay, an eight-time All-Star, pitched a perfect and hilarious draw in 2010. He played for the Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and for the Phillies from 2009-13, ranging from 203-105 with an average earned points of 3.38. . He was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously last year.

Halladay had taken off from a lake near his home about 15 minutes before the accident and a previous report indicated that he was flying at approximately 105 mph (170 km / h) at only 11 feet (3.3 meters) above water before you start to maneuver. He had approximately 700 hours of flight time after obtaining his pilot license in 2013, according to the previous report, including 51 hours in Icon A5, including 14 in the plane that crashed.

Launched in 2014, the A5 is an amphibious aircraft intended to be treated like an ATV, weekend leisure equipment with folding wings that can easily be towed on a trailer to a lake where it can take off from the ‘water.

The man who designed the plane, John Murray Karkow, 55, died while flying over an A5 over Berryessa Lake in California on May 8, 2017, an accident that the NTSB attributed to an error in the pilot.

As a result of the accident, Icon issued directives to its owners two weeks before the Halladay accident, saying that although flying at low altitude “can be one of the most rewarding and exciting types of flight” , it “involves an inherent set of additional risks. Additional considerations.” “

She added that traditional pilot training for high altitude flight “does little to prepare pilots for the unique challenges of low altitude flight”. Icon told the NTSB that Halladay had received and reviewed the guidelines.

There is nothing in the report to indicate that Halladay received low-level training.


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