Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BBO-Halladay-Plane-Crash

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BBO-Halladay-Plane-Crash

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PASCO COUNTY, United States - Experts say the tiny sport plane Roy Halladay was flying when he fatally crashed into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday was made for entry-level pilots like him, though the plane's chief designer and test pilot died while flying one earlier this year.

Halladay, the 40-year-old former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher, had been the proud owner for less than a month of his ICON-A-5.

The website for ICON Aviation says Halladay was among the first to fly it, with only about 20 in existence.

In one of many enthusiastic tweets about the plane, Halladay said it felt "like flying a fighter jet."

Police say Halladay's plane went down around noon off the coast of Florida and his body was found in shallow water near some mangroves. …

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