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Icon A5, described as ‘sports car with wings.

Designed to make flying simple, the Icon A5 has been described as a sports car with wings that maneuvers like a Jet Ski. Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitching great Roy Halladay died Tuesday in a plane crash in the A5, which was found upside down in the shallow water off Florida’s Gulf Coast. Halladay, 40, was the only person on the two-seater plane.

It was the second fatal crash involving the A5 this year. In May, Jon Karkow, Icon’s chief test pilot who was responsible for the plane’s design, died in a crash in California. Cagri Sever, a new employee who was in the passenger’s seat, also was killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the probable cause of that accident was pilot error. The plane had been flying at Lake Berryessa, a reservoir with coves, canyons, and steep rising terrain.

“It is likely that the pilot mistakenly thought the canyon that he entered was a different canyon that led to the larger, open portion of the lake,”. Icon initially suspended all flight operations of the A5 fleet after the accident.

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