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By Dan Sobczak
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In April, the NTSB released its docket detailing the accident that killed former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay as he flew his Icon Aircraft A5 special light sport amphibious airplane, N922BA in November 2017.
Halladay's airplane wreckage at the accident scene. Source: NTSB.
While the NTSB did not conclude any primary cause or contributing factors to the accident in this docket, the NTSB report did detail the mix of medications that Halladay had in his system at the time of the accident, as well as the flying maneuvers Halladay was doing prior to the accident.
As AVweb's Paul Bertorelli explained in this short YouTube video commentary, there may have been other more important factors involved in this accident, which may have lead to the accident.
Watch AVweb's Paul Bertorelli commentary on the NTSB docket concerning the Icon A5 accident that killed Roy Halladay. Source: AVWeb, YouTube.
In his video commentary, Bertorelli states that "the maneuvers Halladay flew the day of his accident were close to the edge of the prudence envelope, if not beyond it. And so is what he did two weeks before the accident." Bertorelli refers to when Halladay flew his Icon A5 aircraft under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at a GPS altitude of 39 feet and a speed of 73 kts.
Speaking of questionable aeronautical decision making in relation to the safety features of incorporated into the Icon A5, Bertorelli added that "no amount of good airplane design, clever angle of attack indicators, ballistic parachutes, or stall-resistant wings would have prevented that [accident]."
Important thoughts to keep in mind for pilots of all experience levels.
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Dan Sobczak is the founder of www.FlightChainApp.com, a mobile app that helps pilots learn from accident chains by making NTSB reports more convenient and easier to digest. Dan received his private pilot certificate in 2003.
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