Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay killed in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico
HOLIDAY, Fla. (WPEC) — Former MLB pitcher and Cy Young winner Roy Halladay died after a plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
The tail number on the plane is registered to Halladay.
Deputies say a witness called 911 about the crash just after 12 p.m. near Holiday, Florida. No mayday call was made before the crash, according to Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.
"The worst case scenario happened and it breaks our hearts," Sheriff Nocco said during a press conference.
Rescue units say the Icon A5 plane went down in shallow water and was found upside down. Debris was found floating around the plane, which is still being recovered by dive teams.
Authorities have not located a flight plan for the plane at this time.
Right now, authorities have not said if anyone else was on the plane, and no other deaths or injuries have been reported. Florida Fish and Wildlife, the US Coast Guard and Pasco Fire Rescue are also involved in the recovery efforts.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be handling the investigation once they are fully briefed by local law enforcement.
Sheriff Nocco warns residents to stay away from the area while investigators work to preserve the crash scene.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Halladay was a part of the PSO's Fishing for Families tournament last Friday.