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Witnesses say Roy Halladay’s plane was flying low, diving before crashing


New information came out yesterday about the plane crash which killed Roy Halladay on Tuesday afternoon.

An NTSB investigator told the press that witnesses reported seeing Halladay’s plane performing maneuvers at a low altitude before the crash. In addition, the website TMZ posted a video taken by boaters which appears to show Halladay flying high and then making steep dives toward the water, pulling up and doing it again. Investigators have not spoken to the people who provided the video yet, however. A pilot I know who watched the video said that the manner in which Halladay was flying could be described as “aggressive” for some pilots, though he stressed such a judgment would depend on the experience and skill level of the pilot.

The NTSB investigator said that the plane had two data recorders and both were recovered. There was no voice recorder. It appeared that no mayday call was made. He said, however, that the crash “looked like a high energy impact.” Between the steep diving, low maneuvering and the nature of the impact, it’s not hard to imagine that things went wrong very quickly.

It could be some time before an official NTSB reports comes, at which point a final determination of the cause of the crash will be made.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.