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

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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.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel to undergo season-ending surgery

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Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.

Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.

Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.