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FILE – In this photo from May 29, 2010, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay pitched in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami.
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 plunged into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him, a National report reported on Wednesday. Transportation Safety Board.
Halladay had amphetamine levels in the blood about 10 times higher than those in therapy, as well as a high level of morphine and an antidepressant which can impair judgment as he performed 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 placed loads of nearly twice the gravity on the plane, an A5 icon Halladay had purchased 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 Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies star had flown the plane under the iconic Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge, posting on social media, “Fly the Icon A5 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 while flying at low altitude “can be one of the most rewarding and exciting types of flight, “It” comes with an inherent set of additional risks that require 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.