Retired pitching star Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane close to the water shortly before he crashed and died off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to witnesses.

Halladay, a sure-bet hall-of-famer who retired from baseball after the 2013 season, was alternately flying high and then buzzing the water before the “high-energy impact” crushed the plane and ended his life on Tuesday, said National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Noreen Price.

“Every accident is different,” Price said during a news conference in New Port Richey, Fla.

“They are very complex. So as we move forward in the factual finding phase, if we see anything that we believe might connect it to previous accidents, we will certainly look at that.”

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