In the first video, Halladay is said to be the pilot of a plane that is dangerously close to the water line over the Gulf of Mexico.
In the second video, Halladay is again demonstrating the same flying behaviors just before his fatal crash Tuesday. The second video includes images taken at the scene of the crash (see below).
Roy Halladay died flying his ICON A5, a plane he had called his “dream,” and which he exuberantly discussed on social media.
Days before his fatal crash in the Gulf of Mexico, his plane was reportedly filmed flying very low and near the waterline. A man recording video of the scene can be heard saying, “That’s low, pretty neat. I would have never thought they’d be able to fly low like that.”
Then, the man in the recording says, “That’s almost like interaction with the boat level. That doesn’t look good … Man, that’s crazy low. That’s crazy.”
A witness who spoke to TMZ reportedly said Halladay had been “flying like that all week … aggressively.”
In the second video, a group of boaters witnessed his plane dipping and rising repeatedly, prior to the accident, and said they felt the changes in altitude were extreme. Other spectators said they saw the ICON aircraft frequently pulling up mere feet from the water. Witnesses were so alarmed, they pulled out a phone to record the sight.
After the plane crashed, a group of boaters rushed to the scene. The man recording the tragedy exclaims his shock multiple times and is clearly shaken.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
“It looked like a high-energy impact,” investigator Noreen Price said. “All the pieces were there. Most everything was attached.”
His family said Halladay had been an avid pilot for years.
“He was widely respected by those who knew him in the aviation community for his hard work, attention to detail and dedication to safety while flying,” a statement by the family read.
Halladay, 40, who retired after the 2013 season, was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star with the Blue Jays and Phillies.
A video taken at the time of Halladay’s plane crash may be viewed below (note: disturbing images and foul language):