Plane In Roy Halladay Crash Marketed For 'Non-Pilots' And Low Flying
Nov 09 2017
But in the wake of the recent crash involving retired baseball pitcher Roy Halladay, experts say marketing a plane for "non-pilots" and low-altitude flying is a recipe for disaster.
Philadelphia NBC affiliate WCAU did the same by interviewing former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., but during the interview, the station aired footage of Halladay allowing home runs.
Halladay was flying an Icon A5, a plane that was registered Monday - making it literally brand new.
The tiny amphibious craft is made for recreational pilots.
The man who led the plane's design, 55-year-old John Murray Karkow, died while flying an A5 over California's Lake Berryessa on May 8, in a crash the National Transportation Safety Board blamed on pilot error.
Noreen Price, the accident investigator for the NTSB, says Halladay's plane was found inverted in four feet of water.
In other tweets, Halladay said he had dreamed about owning one of the planes, and said in a video on the company's website that he had to talk his wife into letting him get one. Halladay took off from Odessa, Florida, prior to the accident.
"They still think that that's the way the airplane should be flown, and there are people in aviation who completely disagree with that", Pope said. Low-altitude flying is especially hard and typically involves extensive training beyond certification for a pilot license.
According to Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Halladay was flying his Icon A5, a two-person, single engine amphibian plane when the plane went down into the water about a quarter mile west of Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey. They recovered Halladay's body from the two-passenger plane, police said. This was a pitcher who had thrown both a ideal game and a postseason no-hitter as a member of the Phillies.